16 Jan 2016 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 16 (NAMPA) - The Tangeni Nakale Athletics Kids Fun Run was launched at the Okuryangava informal settlement in the capital Friday afternoon.
Initiated in March last year by Tangeni Nakale, a former long distance athlete, the event is aimed at encouraging young people in Okuryangava and Okahandja Park informal settlements to participate in sports and to identify potential athletes among the youth.
Nakale trains young athletes aged between 8 to 15 at an open space along Kadafi Street in Okuryangava on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
During the launch, the aspiring young athletes received athletics gear worth N.dollars 8 500. Marathon Sugar is the main sponsor, while Fruit and Vegetable Market, Chicken City, and Moonlight Print and Signs are co-sponsors. The gear includes running shoes, socks, shorts, vests and towels.
Nakale told this news agency on Friday that he started with 36 children last year but the number has since increased to 50.
There is great potential and a bright future among these youngsters, but we need more funding to develop the programme.
The 13-year-old Festus Thomas told Nampa Friday that sport is important to him and he sees a future in the industry.
I like to keep my body fit, and I am hopeful to become a great athlete in future.
The athletes training area is rocky and the space is too small for effective training.
Nakale said he could take his athletes to proper sports grounds such the Katutura Youth Complex or Independence Stadium, but he cant afford the transport costs. He has plan is to establish an athletics club in the future if he secures adequate funding.
The first of the Tangeni Nakale Athletics Kids Fun Runs will take place on 05 March 2016 and the second event will be hosted on 20 August this year.
During the upcoming fun runs, participants will receive certificates of participation and winners will get prize monies ranging from N.dollars 70 to N.dollars 150.