Namlife Youth Games set for Swakopmund

25 Jun 2013 11:35

Namlife, a member of Sanlam Namibia Holdings today sponsored a whopping N$200,000 towards the Namlife Under 17 Youth Games, scheduled for this weekend in Swakopmund.

The games will be held on 28 and 29 June at the Mondesa Sports Fields in Swakopmund, starting from 08h00 until late (entrance free of charge).

Acting Chief Administrator of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC), Shivute Katamba who read on behalf of the Minister of Youth, National Service Sport and Culture, Jerry Ekandjo, says: “I find it encouraging knowing that the private sector, and especially the financial industry, is getting more and more involved in the development of our youth through sport.”

He further adds, “Since government cannot unaided take the full responsibility for the mental and physical wellbeing of its citizens, we appreciate the efforts of companies such as Namlife, who through its holdings company, Sanlam Namibia Holdings, take the initiative and plough back their profits into the development of our youth through sport. Not only do our youth benefit from this, but Namibian sport in general receive a boost through the developing of young talent to represent our country on an international level.” He reminded corporates the importance of such projects and urged them to follow suit. “I call on all companies, organizations to follow suit and to make a contribution or pledge no matter how big or small it may be at similar platforms. Every bit counts and each helping hand can make a difference.“

Group CEO Sanlam, Tertius Stears handed over the donation and expressed his gratitude of Namlife being able to invest in its future leaders.

“This year will be the second year in which Namlife, a subsidiary of Sanlam Namibia Holdings is sponsoring the Namlife U17 Youth Games. As a company, we chose to get involved in the development of youth soccer and netball because we recognize that, for any country to become a major international force in any sport code, the players have to start off somewhere.”

He further mentions that the official opening that will take place at the coast will be officiated by the Governor of the Erongo Region (Cleophas Mutjavikua).

“We strongly believe that supporting sports development at this level, equals supporting sport at a national level. That is why we are committed to allocating available resources to sports initiatives that will positively influence the lives and aspirations of all Namibians. We aim to unlock the inherent sport potential that exists in our young sportsmen and women, and to unearth the unknown talent and stars in our country.”