Grassroots Development Critical

| April 20, 2015

Grassroot development has been hailed as a pivotal component of Botswana Football Association football programmes which can be used to prepare youngsters to participate in future Botswana national teams for both regional and international competitions.

Talent identification at a young age was crucial in nurturing and developing skills and moulding talent which can be used for the benefit of the nation and uplifting the individual’s life.

Speaking on Thursday, April 16 in Mochudi during the P30 000 youth league sponsorship launch by Builders World and another P20 000 injected by Seedco Company in collaboration with Kgatleng Regional Football Association (KRFA), Builders World Mochudi manager Kaone Dithole said they want to participate in football development of youngsters who are the future.

He said as a company, they want to be seen as taking part in community development within which they conduct their business.

Dithole further said last year they sponsored a similar football tournament to the same amount because they understand that the phrase “catch them young” works for the betterment of the development of the youth at a tender age.

He said the tournament will kick start in September urging parents to encourage their children to play football as this will help them to avoid indulging in juvenile delinquency.

For his part the chairperson of KRFA Phakedi Ramatlhape said the programme started in 2011with the objective to mentor the youth in football while they are still growing.

Ramatlhape said ever since they started the programme some of the youth have been selected in different teams and leagues which he said is a good mechanism.

“We have seen the results of this programme as they are some of the youth from the teams that are now playing in the first and second division tournaments and also we have two of them who are now playing in the under seventeen and under fifteen teams,” noted Ramatlhape.

He further said it has not been a smooth sail as they have been hindered by shortage of resources such as transport, equipment and funding noting that this was also hindering them to start other teams in other villages like Ramotlabaki and other villages. He said despite the good of this programme, the association was heralded with challenges chief among them being funding and transportation.

The chairperson urged other stakeholders to come on board and help with funding more so that many volunteers were using their own resources to help with the running of the programme.

Ramatlhape also said transport was a serious concern on their part especially when they travel to Botswana games and other competitions adding that they would like to have better cordial relations with BISA and BOPSSA for easier coordination more so that they use school going children.

He thanked Builders World for their continuous support which spans more than nine years when they started funding the then Independence Cup.

The Botswana Football Association Technical Director Benny Kgomela applauded Builders World for the sponsorship noting that it is virtuous to see companies coming forward to assist the youth in football.

He said they are planning to have the Under 15 league adding this will help the football sport in the country to grow.

Kgomela applauded the Kgatleng football region for spearheading such important football development which will come handy in the near future.

For her part the Patron of KRFA who is also the Minister of Education amp Skills Development Unity Dow thanked Builders World for their continuous support adding that the youth league inspires and brings unity in both the company and the people at large.

Dow urged the youth to handle themselves well noting that football can bring food on the table so they should take it serious.

She further said the programme gives the children training which led to a healthy lifestyle hence they can perform better at school.

The Minister continued to add that teachers will continue to assist the upcoming youngsters by providing them with coaching because they also want the students to excel in academics.

She promised the association to talk to the Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture Thapelo Olopeng on the possibility and consideration of building a stadium to enhance support of the sporting activities in the Kgatleng region.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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