This prestigious school rugby series started in 1997 when a few headmasters decided that they would like their schools to have more exposure.
They also realised that the quality of their rugby teams would benefit directly from this new competition.
Twelve schools joined the series and the first final, played at Ermelo High School, was won by the hosts.
In 1999, the series was expanded to 16 schools. Tukkies became a major sponsor in 2000 and in 2008 NuPower Solar Solutions, a leading solar company in SA, became the main sponsor in conjunction with Tukkies.
In 1998, the tournament was expanded to include netball, tennis, hockey, golf, chess and cross country and is now played over 10 weeks with the semi-finals and finals held at LC de Villiers Stadium, the home of Tukkies sport.
Dr Christo Becker, headmaster of Hoerskool Waterkloof and the executive director of the tournament said: ”This tournament creates opportunities for many young sporting women and men over a wide spectrum of sporting codes to compete on a high level. Great friendships are forged between schools, pupils and sponsors.”
Hoerskool Waterkloof are the current NuPower/Tuks champions.