YES Games prepa­ra­tions on course

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Leonard Ncube in Vic­to­ria Falls

PREPA­RA­TIONS for the 2016 edi­tion of the Youth Ed­u­ca­tion through Sport (YES) Games have reached an ad­vanced stage with or­gan­is­ers op­ti­mistic the games will be a re­sound­ing and mem­o­rable suc­cess.

Mata­bele­land North prov­ince plays host to the 17th an­nual fes­ti­val in Hwange from De­cem­ber 9 to 14.

The or­gan­is­ers have tar­geted to raise $100 000 for the games.

YES chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Burzil Dube said District Ad­min­is­tra­tors in the prov­ince had taken over fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties with the aim of en­sur­ing all goes well.

“We met on Fri­day to get up­dates on what has been hap­pen­ing as we now meet ev­ery Fri­day and next week we will be get­ting feed­back on how much we have raised of the to­tal of $100 000. DAs from the seven dis­tricts of the prov­ince have each been given a task to pool re­sources from stake­hold­ers so that the bud­getary needs can be met and they will update us next week when we will also get an update on prov­inces’ af­fil­i­a­tion fees,” said Dube.

To en­sure that prepa­ra­tions are well on course, Dube said, the or­gan­is­ing team was now meet­ing ev­ery Fri­day un­til the games start.

He said a to­tal of 830 ath­letes, 150 of­fi­cials and 500 vol­un­teers will par­tic­i­pate at the games.

Ath­letes will com­pete in three dis­ci­plines, soc­cer, net­ball and vol­ley­ball.

“The prov­ince hosts 830 ath­letes, 150 of­fi­cials and 500 vol­un­teers at this year’s edi­tion of the YES games which will fea­ture three sport­ing dis­ci­plines — soc­cer, net­ball and vol­ley­ball.

There will be boys and girls teams for soc­cer and vol­ley­ball.

“The Games are held for the Un­der15 age groups and we have iden­ti­fied var­i­ous lo­cal pri­mary and sec­ondary school fa­cil­i­ties which will be used for the Games,” added Dube. The venues will be Coal­fields, Me­gawatt and Thomas Coul­ter pri­mary schools as well as Hwange Old Grounds which will host soc­cer matches. Dube said there was a pos­si­bil­ity of us­ing Hwange Col­liery Sta­dium since the PSL sea­son would have ended. Peer Ed­u­ca­tion ses­sions will take place at Hwange Col­liery Club, while Hwange Govern­ment Sec­ondary will be used as the com­mand cen­tre, Dube said. Ath­letes will be ac­com­mo­dated at var­i­ous schools while of­fi­cials will be booked at lo­cal ho­tels and lodges. The theme for this year’s Games is “Un­eth­i­cal prac­tices: A bar­rier to youth de­vel­op­ment through sport.” The YES Games, which are a plat­form to nur­ture tal­ent in school chil­dren, are a pre­cur­sor to Na­tional Youth Games which the prov­ince will play host to next year. — @ncubeleon

Burzil Dube

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