Hwange to rep­re­sent Mat North at YES Games

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo in Hwange

HWANGE Dis­trict will rep­re­sent Mata­bele­land North Prov­ince at this year’s Youth Ed­u­ca­tion through Sport (YES) Games in De­cem­ber af­ter the other six districts failed to turn up for the se­lec­tion event at the Lwen­dulu Old grounds in Hwange yes­ter­day.

Only four schools, Nechilibi, Hwange High, St Ig­na­tious and Lwen­dulu Pri­mary Schools turned up for the provin­cial qual­i­fiers, send­ing net­ball teams.

“We have no op­tion but to deal with what we have. Districts failed to send their teams de­spite hav­ing been told in time and I think it’s largely due to re­sources,” said the Zim­babwe Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion tech­ni­cal direc­tor for Mata­bele­land North prov­ince Joyce Maboka.

She said re­source in­ca­pac­i­ta­tion has dealt them a huge blow as they wanted to build a strong team.

“From the teams that came here to­day we will come up with 20 play­ers who will then un­dergo thor­ough prepara­tory ses­sions un­der our coaches,” said Maboka.

Former Hwange net­ball club play­ers Scholas­tica Phiri and Mer­jury Maphosa were ap­pointed coaches.

YES Games which started in 1999 are meant to im­part life skills to the youth­ful ath­letes us­ing sport as a plat­form.

The YES pro­gramme is an­chored on three com­po­nents, namely sport, peer ed­u­ca­tion and com­mu­nity ser­vice.

The three com­po­nents have an equal weight­ing in the com­pe­ti­tions.

The pro­gramme cov­ers the coun­try’s 10 prov­inces and in im­ple­ment­ing the project the Sports and Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion has en­listed the ser­vices of tech­ni­cal and fund­ing part­ners who in­clude the Nor­we­gian Olympic and Par­a­lympics Com­mit­tee and Con­fed­er­a­tion of Sport (NIF), Unicef Zim­babwe, Na­tional Aids Coun­cil, Zim­babwe Na­tional Fam­ily Plan­ning Coun­cil, Child Line Zim­babwe, Forestry Com­mis­sion and Plan In­ter­na­tional.

An­other im­por­tant com­po­nent of the YES Games is the tree-plant­ing as the na­tional fi­nals are al­ways on the first week of ev­ery De­cem­ber, which is also the week­end of Na­tional Tree Plant­ing Day.

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