NSSU to develop sports at lower school grades

14 Jan 2016 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 14 JAN (NAMPA) – The Namibia School Sport Union (NSSU) will this year embark on sports development at primary and secondary school level, in an effort to strengthen sport development in the country.
The NSSU provides opportunities for learners to become involved in sports and physical recreation activities at primary and secondary school level in order for them to realise their full potential.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, NSSU National Coordinator, Solly Duiker said the union is this year celebrating 25 years of existence and will go back to its original plan of developing sports at the primary school level.
“In the past we put emphasis on trial systems at junior school level and athletes got selected through national trials. But we are now embarking on regional interschool competitions. With these competitions, different schools in the regions will compete against each other and players will then be selected from there instead of hosting national trials. In the past, some players who are good end up not getting noticed because of a huge pool of players and selectors over look them.”
He added that the NSSU would be engaging the different sports federations and commissions to develop sports at schools.
“We spoke to the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) to start going to schools and identify talent. In order for sport to grow, we need to have feeder teams that can be at primary school level where you find under-13 players who can be groomed as future national team players.”
The NSSU currently has 14 sport codes in its books: football, netball, rugby, tennis, darts, hockey, chess, basketball, gymnastics, athletics, volleyball, swimming, cricket and korfball.
Duiker noted that they have identified rugby clubs in Windhoek that will now be linked to schools with the sole purpose of training teachers as coaches or administrators of the game at schools.
“There are a lot of schools in the country that play rugby, but most of these schools have stopped practicing the game because they don’t have coaches and facilities.
“We also reached an agreement with the NFA to start training teachers in the regions as coaches, umpires and administrators at school level. This will help teams to compete fairly with others that currently have qualified coaches at their disposal.”
The NSSU will this year also introduce ABC Volleyball and Rugby Women Sevens at primary school level.
“ABC volleyball will be a simple game of volleyball where athletes compete individually or four a side, since six players on court might not give all the players a chance to touch the ball. This is volleyball at beginners level.
“We also learned that we don’t have a lot of male teachers at primary school level and we will be seeking the services of learners that finished school and are currently not studying to at least get trained and start providing training at school level.”