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Sunday, 17 June 2018

Growing interest in a new sport invented by student

TRENDSETTING: The new sport of SPOTBOL is becoming popular not only in the Western Cape but also throughout the Southern African region. TRENDSETTING: The new sport of SPOTBOL is becoming popular not only in the Western Cape but also throughout the Southern African region.

A postgraduate student, who is also an avid sports personality, has invented a new sports code which has a potential to permeate throughout Southern Africa. 

Vuyani Mtshikana, an MTech student in Business Administration, invented SPOTBOL in 2003 when he was still an undergraduate student and since hosting the new sport’s maiden tournament in 2009 it has grown in leaps and bounds.

Mtshikana will be assembling a team of players at CPUT later this week and interested students can contact him at vmtshikana001@gmail.com or 061 729 1613.

As one of the sport’s representatives in the Western Cape Mtshikana is in the process of setting up teams at the province’s high schools and CPUT. “The sport already has teams in the Eastern Cape and soon we’ll be establishing some in Johannesburg,” says the former CPUT boxing manager.

He adds that Lesotho, Angola, Namibia, Botswana and Malawi are some of the countries which have expressed interest in the new sport which is played in a court.

“Now we are engaging with local high schools to establish teams and we are targeting to be signing contracts with about 32 schools,” he says. “The plan is to start a league next year, but it will be preceded by an exhibition tournament at the end of this year.”

But how does a game of SPOTBOL work?

The name of SPOTBOL comes from the eight spots/circles on the court which are used for scoring.  The court is the size of a tennis court and SPOTBOL can be played indoors or outdoors.

This is a non-contact game played by mixed-gendered teams competing together and is the only sport in the world to allow boys and girls to participate in a highly competitive sport equally.

Eight players are allowed on the court to play in a match as there are four players on each team (two boys and two girls). While players are allowed to move around during the match, each player must stand on their spot before the match starts and each time they score they must go back to their spots. Players must stand on spots when shooting.

The objective of the game is to score by shooting the ball through the basket, which is situated in the middle of the court.

SPOTBOL is a fast, exciting and entertaining game, essentially a passing game that demands tight marking.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.