It was thrills and spills at Mubaira growth point as 20 rural schools competed in soccer, netball and volleyball with Chomuchena Secondary School lifting the soccer trophy after a 1-nil win over Chirundazi in the final.

Chitemere Secondary School won the netball title while Nicholas Bengu High scooped the volleyball top award.

The sports extravaganza was co-sponsored and organised to the tune of US$24 000 by Zimplats and Chegutu Rural District Council.

Participation was open only to schools in Chegutu rural.

Officiating at the tournament, Sport and Recreation Minister, Makhosini Hlongwane said the tournament fits well with the ministry’s policy to decentralise sport into rural areas.

ZIFA president, Dr Philip Chiyangwa who also graced the occasion said community club systems are critical as they are the feeder conduit to national teams, sentiments also echoed by Mrs Busi Chindove, representative of the sponsors who adding that their company will therefore strive to support rural sport.

Meanwhile the Sports Minister expressed dismay at the poor organisation of community sport and recreation club systems.

This was after he was told that some areas are yet to host community sport activities for the purposes of promoting fitness and wellness.