Going back to school is not something that everybody would be happy about, but for Hollywoodbets Brand Ambassador, and former legendary South African cricketer Vernon Philander, it was something that he was ecstatic to do.
The Capetonian, who is known for his ability to bowl with precision, visited his former school, Webner Street Primary School in Ravensmead in the Western Cape on Wednesday, 22 March 2023, as part of the Hollywood Foundation’s Back to School campaign.
The school was established in 1966 because of a lack of accommodation at neighbouring schools. Over the years, Webner Street Primary School has become a beacon of hope, where learners are assured of quality education by dedicated teachers. At the school, the staff work hard to instil the values of loyalty towards the school and one another, respect for one another, to persevere no matter what the circumstances, integrity and trust.
The school offers enrichment classes to the Grade 3 and Grade 6 learners once a week in numeracy and literacy and also provides learners with the opportunity to develop their sporting and cultural skills.
During the Back to School handover, the Purple Team from the Western Cape was thrilled to work with Vernon as he took them through his cricket journey which started at this very same school when he played Mini Cricket for the Under -11s. His former Coach, who is now the Principal of the school, was delighted to hear that Vernon chose the school to receive this year’s contribution of stationery through the Back to School campaign.
The learners were excited to see one of SA’s cricket legends in their midst and took advantage of the opportunity by snapping some pictures with him and also asked for autographs. The Mr A.V, Aspeling, a representative from the school, expressed his appreciation to Vernon and the Hollywood Foundation for the contribution and said it will make a huge difference to the school.