SRC to grade ad­min­is­tra­tors

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo, in Nyanga

IN a quest to de­velop the sports in­dus­try, the Sports and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion (SRC) is em­bark­ing on a pro­gramme that will make it manda­tory for sports as­so­ci­a­tions’ lead­ers to have cer­tain qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Speak­ing on the side­lines of the third edi­tion of the Sports Lead­ers In­sti­tute of Zim­babwe (SLIZ) Sum­mer Camp which ended at Nyanga’s Mont­clair Ho­tel yes­ter­day, act­ing SRC di­rec­tor-gen­eral Joseph Muchechetere said stan­dard­i­s­a­tion of ad­min­is­tra­tors is in line with Govern­ment’s ef­forts to im­prove the sports in­dus­try.

“From a na­tional per­spec­tive now that the Min­istry of Sport and Recre­ation has fa­cil­i­tated ap­proval of the Sports and Recre­ation pol­icy, we will soon cre­ate a reg­u­la­tory author­ity which will make sure that we’ve qual­i­fied peo­ple run­ning the af­fairs of sport­ing as­so­ci­a­tions. The author­ity will reg­u­late things to do with the cur­ricu­lum of the sports and recre­ation pol­icy. The stan­dard­i­s­a­tion will see sport play­ing its role to­wards so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try.

“The na­tional as­so­ci­a­tions will have to con­form to ap­pli­ca­ble laws of the coun­try. It has al­ways been SRC’s de­sire to have trained ad­min­is­tra­tors in charge of as­so­ci­a­tions but we couldn’t im­ple­ment that be­cause it wasn’t law. Now that there’s a pol­icy, ev­ery­thing will be done grad­u­ally,” said Muchechetere.

He said just like in coach­ing, they will grade ad­min­is­tra­tors depend­ing on one’s qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

“Ob­vi­ously im­ple­ment­ing this won’t be an overnight thing and the SRC board will meet soon to come up with a roadmap which will state the time­frame for ad­min­is­tra­tors who don’t have req­ui­site qual­i­fi­ca­tions to up­grade. In fu­ture if one is not a holder of any ad­min­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cate they will not be al­lowed to hold of­fice,” said Muchechetere.

Through the stan­dard­i­s­a­tion pro­gramme, Muchechetere said “fly by night ad­min­is­tra­tors who use sport to grow their pro­file” will be flushed out.

Start­ing from next year, the SRC will hold a num­ber of ca­pac­ity build­ing pro­grammes meant to com­ple­ment the stan­dard­i­s­a­tion ex­er­cise.

Muchechetere said once the ex­er­cise is in full swing and with as­so­ci­a­tions un­der com­pe­tent lead­ers it will be eas­ier to at­tract cor­po­rate part­ners.

“The cor­po­rate world wants to deal with com­pe­tent peo­ple who they can trust with their funds. With­out qual­i­fied peo­ple head­ing as­so­ci­a­tions, it be­comes dif­fi­cult to get sup­port from the cor­po­rate world,” he said. — @ZililoR

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