25 Sep 2016 13:20pm
OSHAKATI, 25 SEP (NAMPA) Kaniita Sports Academy, a recently established non-profit organisation, aims to encourage orphans, vulnerable and underprivileged youth to get involved in sports.
The organisation was founded by Nikodemus Amadhila, a sports officer in the Ministry of Sports, Youth and National Service at Omuthiya, and other like-minded individuals in the Oshikoto Region.
Named after a location in Omuthiya in the same region, the academy is currently managed by a director and a team of volunteers, while parents and community members also form part of the organisation.
In a recent interview with Nampa, Amadhila stated that the academy also contributes towards social development by providing out-of-school youth with programmes life skills training which will be offered by teachers who specialise in the field and are part of the management team; HIV/Aids, drug abuse and teenage pregnancy programmes, as well as basic exercises in a fun and safe environment and spiritual counselling to keep them busy.
Kaniita Academys vision was developed to align itself with the fast developing town of Omuthiya, which comes along with negative impacts such as the mushrooming of sheebens, shacks and gender-based violence, he said.
Amadhila added that the academy also has a responsibility to ensure that sustainable sports development among Namibian youth becomes a reality, leading to a winning nation.
The academy will be offering professional coaching to young people in netball, volleyball, track and field, and football and expose young athletes to opportunities that lie in sports, and also exposing young people to regional, national, and international sports competitions.
At the moment, the academy is only registered with the Regional Council. The organisation, however, aims to register with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare in the near future to ensure that the rights of their participants are highly protected.