After two years in the Winelands, the festival now moves inland and will take place at the historic Afrikaanse Hoer Seunskool, affectionately known as Affies, in 2020. The school, which boasts alumni of the stature of Fourie du Preez, Pierre Spies and AB de Villiers, celebrates its centenary next year, and first team coach Jaco Koch said it was the perfect opportunity to showcase the school.
“It will be an honour to host an event of this magnitude, particularly as it comes at such a momentous time in our history,” said Koch. “Plans are already in place to add our own touch to the event, and I can guarantee that it will be even bigger and better come 2020.”
In an informal discussion with the principal of Affies Peregrine Joynt, he acknowledged that they are aware of the shortcomings of the 2019 tournament and are already in the process to address them. Their major concern is the quality of the international teams that attended this year's festival and are already in the process of with talks to some of the top schools in the rest of the world.
Plans are also to host the Francois Swart Festival during the same period with the u/15's playing early and the 1stXV teams later in the afternoon.
The 2020 World Schools Festival is scheduled to take place from 24 – 28 March next year and form a major part of the 100-year celebrations at Affies.