06 Feb 2016 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 06 FEB (NAMPA) Maintenance work on the football field of Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW) has been completed and the academy will commence with its annual youth league next week.
SKW is arguably one of the biggest football academies in Namibia and one of the few clubs to offer a complete youth training league in the country.
The academy is based in Olympia, Windhoek. It specifically provides football training for young players in its youth section, which caters for players aged seven to 17 years.
The stadium that was recently renovated is used for training and playing official matches both at junior and senior level.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, SKW chairperson Anibal Rego promised another year of nurturing talent, instilling discipline and sportsmanship.
The youth league has been quite a success over the years, and underprivileged youth especially from rural areas have benefited massively through this programme, said Rego.
He went on to say maintenance of the facility is a vital component of keeping the fields playable throughout the year, but said it is an expensive exercise.
Rego noted went on to say over-utilisation, where leagues play up to eight matches a day, is a major concern for the academy.
It is very bad. When mid-season comes the fields are wasted, but this year we will ensure that we limit the amount of games played per day at the stadium so that it lasts a little longer, he said.
He said that the maintenance was valued at N.dollars 60 000 and included new sprinklers and new grass for both the main stadium and the B-stadium.
SKW won an international Undder-19 tournament in Westphalia, Germany last year.
The team won with ease and did not concede a single goal. In the final they beat DFJ Coersfeld from Germany by four goals to nil to claim the trophy.
Rego added that the league is aimed at creating a platform for young people to initiate a culture of youthfulness, fitness and discipline.
Its basically to give every young boy and girl child an opportunity and in the process teach them the basics of sports such as mentorship and so on, he said.
SKW also has a social league for those who have a passion for football.
The social league is reserved for those who do not play professional football in the Namibia Premier League (NPL). It comprises various teams from the different football academies in Windhoek.