This month water polo players will do battle, once again, for the Old Mutual/Roedean School Prestige Cup. Now in its eighth year, this annual competition has certainly become a red-letter event on the water polo calendar.

Ten top Gauteng schools compete for the honour of winning the Prestige Cup, but the aim of the competition as a whole is not so much sporting success as community service.

The pool events take place over two Saturdays, namely September 15 this year and January 19 next year, with the play-offs and the finals taking place on February 16. Sponsored by Old Mutual, the tournament requires all competing schools to have a corporate social investment learn-to-swim component.

Each school has partnered with an under-resourced school and has implemented a sustainable programme in which swimming and/or water polo is taught at its partnership school.

The prize money received by the top three schools is donated to their partnership schools to develop their learn-to-swim programme further. A highlight on finals day is the swim-a-thon where all the partnership schools are invited to swim and showcase their swimming skills. All participating schools receive sponsorship towards their learn-to-swim programme.

Pool A in the 2018/19 season has Roedean, St Peter’s, St Dominic’s, St Dunstan’s and Rand Park. Pool B has St Mary’s, Kingsmead, Parktown Girls, Crawford and St Stithians. Both Pool A and Pool B round one matches will be played on Saturday, September 15.

All matches are played at Roedean School (SA) and spectators are most welcome.

The Saturday Star