08 Jul 2016 16:50pm
SWAKOPMUND, 08 JUL (NAMPA) - Aspiring young sport stars from the Erongo Region are now able to showcase their talent in the Metropolitan/Swabou Life Summer Cup following its launch at Swakopmund on Wednesday.
Participants compete in football and netball, and the best schools in the competition get cash prizes of N.dollars 15 000 each.
The annual competition which targets junior secondary schools in the under-20 age category started in the northern regions in 2007 and was extended to Hardap and //Kharas last year.
This is the first time Erongo competes, with sponsor Metropolitan promising to include the other regions soon.
Metropolitan Momentum Investment (MMI) Chief Executive Officer Jason Nandago, accompanied by Erongo Regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua, launched the 2016 competition with a sponsorship of N.dollars 350 000.
We started this initiative to give back to the community. Today I can testify that children welcome the competition as it also gives them a chance to travel and meet children from other regions, Nandago said.
He also said the event helps with the identification of talented youngsters.
We develop them to a point where we have professional players, he said.
Mutjavikua welcomed the event and asked sport officers, teachers and principals to include children from rural and settlement schools as they do not get many opportunities to participate in events of this magnitude.
Sport plays a very important role in social cohesion. Our children learn about unity through playing together and this is what we want, Mutjavikua said.
Matches start in Swakopmund this weekend, and the best schools will compete in the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals in Oshakati in September.
Otsandi Junior Secondary School from Omusati is the defending champion in netball, while Okanghudi Junior Secondary School from Ohangwena won the football category last year.
The third, fourth and fifth-placed teams receive cash prizes of N.dollars 9 000, N.dollars 6 000 and N.dollars 4 000.