20 Jul 2016 09:20am
WINDHOEK, 20 JUL (NAMPA) Sports Coaches Outreach (Score) Namibia will host its national festival in Keetmanshoop from 19 to 21 August 2016.
This year's festival will see communities from Keetmanshoop, Windhoek, Mariental, Rundu, Oshakati, Ongwediva and Kayengona compete.
They will be joined by four other communities from where Score Namibia used to work but no longer operates: Gobabis, Khorixas, Opuwo and Swakopmund.
Each community will send 25 children and five coaches to the festival to compete in various sport activities including netball, chess, mixed volleyball, mixed football and road running.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, National Manager for Score Namibia Raymond Vries said they want to use sports as a medium of change, hence they encourage all young children to participate in some form sport.
This is an annual event, which is all about recognising efforts of communities so that they can compete at national level amongst themselves.
Score is turning 25 this year so we would like to use this event as a platform to celebrate and recognise Score Namibia, said Vries.
Score Namibia is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) oriented towards sport for development. It was started 16 years ago in Namibia.
Its main aim is to empower young people through sport and encourage them to use sport as a medium of enhancing life skills while addressing social ills within communities.
We want to make it a memorable weekend for these communities and are therefore appealing to anyone to come and support us in cash or kind to make this day a success, said Friederike Kroner, Score intern marketing manager.
Score Namibia targets participants from 10 to 15 years of age, while volunteers are 16 to 35-years-old.
Score Namibia gets support from various institutions, but its main sponsor is the Directorate of Sport under the Ministry of Youth, Sport and National Service.