First National Bank (FNB) is to invest R100 000 in a three-year sponsorship of the National Girls’ Sport Festival, an event in which 20 of the country’s top girls’ schools pit their skills against each other in various sporting codes from the 1st to 3rd of May, the bank announced Friday.

The festival, which has a 15-year history, seeks to address gender issues in sports and education, promote opportunities to all learners in school sports, and dispose of gender disparities in the provisioning of school sport.

Hosted by the Collegiate Girls High School in Port Elizabeth this year, the event will see over 600 girls participate in the codes of netball, hockey, tennis, squash, debating, chess and public speaking.

FNB’s provincial offices in KwaZulu-Natal and Free State have previously hosted the event in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

The event will officially launch at the host school on the evening of April 30, where Olympic Gold medallist Penny Heyns will address the girls.

Schools Participating in the 2008 FNB National Girls’ Sport Festival:
King’s Ridge, King Williams Town
Collegiate Girls, Port Elizabeth
Pretoria Girls, Pretoria
Clarendon Girls, East London
Potch Girls, Potchefstroom
Queenstown Girls, Queenstown
Dan Hall Park, Durban
Parktown Girls, Johannesburg
Westville Girls, Durban
Wynberg Girls, Cape Town
Kimberley Girls, Kimberley
Grosvenor Girls, Durban
PMGB Girls, Pietermaritzburg
Rustenburg Girls, Rustenburg
Northlands Girls, KZN
Renish Girls, Stellenbosch
Durban Girls, Durban
Eunice Girls, Bloemfontein