Following the successful launch of the SuperSport Schools streaming app in 2021, the school sport channel has gone live on the World of Champions. The popular platform will run daily for 24 hours on DStv channel 216, broadcasting a variety of live, delayed and historical content that reflects the strong traditions and rivalries of South African school and youth sport.

Although the free app which has a subscriber base over 300,000 remains the primary core of SuperSport Schools, the new linear television option is an extension designed to satisfy at-home viewers. Quite apart from the array of big-time sport lined up countrywide in the month to come, TV programming will include many gems found in archived content. Ahead of big derbies, for instance, historical past matches will be broadcast, building up the fervour that all historical showdowns generate. There will also be a weekly ‘’Throwback Thursday’’ and ‘’Memory Monday’’, both nods to memorable achievements on school fields over the years.

Responding to this key development, Nashua, the founding sponsor and enablement partner of SuperSport Schools, expressed its excitement. “Nashua is proud to have been the official enablement partner and founding sponsor to the SuperSport Schools project over the past two years,” said Barry Venter, Chief Executive of Nashua. “We are excited to have shared in the growth of this programme that has evolved into a dedicated channel for school sports.

Barry Venter, Nashua Chief Executive

“For the past 50 years, Nashua has been committed to sports sponsorship and development in Southern Africa. As we celebrate our 50th year anniversary in business, we continue our sports journey through enabling technology, that unlocks and showcases talent amongst our youth, developing Southern Africa’s sports leaders of tomorrow.”

Immediate focus for both streaming and broadcast will be on The KES Water Polo Festival, the Graeme College 150th festival, Spar hockey from KZN, the St Mary’s hockey festival, the St Andrew’s netball festival, Premier Interschools netball and rugby, the Border Rugby Day, KZN schools football and the Gauteng Development League (GDL).

The GDL is especially appealing and will include age group football matches across 34 weekends from March to November. Comprising 18 clubs and schools, including teams like Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United, plus schools like Rosina Sedibane from Centurion, they will compete in nine head to head fixtures across a number of age groups per week.

In addition to the legacy content to be found on the linear channel, the all-new SuperSport Schools vodcast (a podcast that contains video content) will be broadcast. It touches on a variety of school sport subjects and leans towards being entertaining and informative.

Given the wealth of extraordinary achievements that occur on a weekly basis, often in remote areas and small-town schools, the new channel will also seek to highlight these for viewers who may otherwise have missed them