K100 million for revamping school grassroots sports

Grassroot sports in Malawi

Ministry of Youth and Sports has identified K100 million through the Malawi National Council of sports for the roll-out  of a schools sports programme in primary and secondary schools across the country.

Responsible Minister Ulemu Msungama who presented a statement on the status of school sports development in Malawi in Parliament described it as a vibrant programme which he believes is important in the promotion of sports from the grassroots level aimed at scouting potential talent.

He bemoaned lack of properly organized programs particularly in schools where potential talent can be recognized at a tender age a development which has led to dwindling sports standards in Malawi.

Through the initiative, sporting activities shall commence in all schools and will go together with competitions with participation from all institutions from primary to secondary schools.

The school championship shall involve all three levels of education and provide much room for participation with the help of the Malawi National Council of Sports.

It will be an annual event held to make sure many generations benefit and will ensure sustainability of standards of sports.

Msungama: Germany,  China and Egypt have shown interest to assist

The Ministry will engage relevant stakeholders for the programme to be successful with deliberate efforts to involve the private sector, and will also include the national Sports development fund.

Msungama stated that it will act as a foundation for those who want to take sports as a career and so far, three governments have shown interest after Malawi shared her vision.

China has pledged to provide footballs while the German embassy will provide technical assistance through trainers of Trainers support.

The Egyptian government is expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on sports programmes.

Chitipa South legislator Werani Chilenga noted that Malawi used to do very well in sports in the past but that is no longer the case as some schools don’t even have playgrounds and sporting facilities which are contributing to the dwindling standards.

He further asked the Sports Minister to consider making sports and sports activities examinable for students to take them seriously.

Chilenga: Lack of playgrounds and sporting facilities contributing to the dwindling standards

In response, Msungama admitted that Malawi used to be vibrant 40 years ago in sports and urged members to liaise with community leaders to offer land to be used as grounds for sports.

Making his contribution Blantyre West parliamentarian Jason Kaneka urged government to not only concentrate on football but that other sports activities such as darts, netball chess should be included.

The sports minister indicated that every year they will add more programmes and will consider other disciplines.

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Mzimba South’ Emmanuel Jere  observed that the Malawi netball team needs to be supported for its international exploits and asked what measures have been put in place to motivate the Queens.

Among others, the Minister cited the construction of the Griffin Saenda Sports complex  as one of the plans to support motivate them, help them do even better as it will be one of the best world class indoor sports complex once operational