4/27/2018 12:54:02 PM (GMT+3)

Renovated pitches to help Namibia's football development

Renovated pitches to help Namibia

NAMIBIA: 45 sports fields at 22 schools and institutions across the country have been handed over to the authorities following the joint programme between FIFA, GIZ, the Namibian and German Football Associations carried out in the country.  

As part of the redevelopment of the facilities, 17 out of the 45 renovated sports fields will be solely dedicated to football, giving girls and boys aged six to 18 years old better access to football and other sports.

Sixteen of the pitches have been redeveloped in the Ohangwena and Khomas regions and one in Windhoek.

A mini-football (plus netball and volleyball) festival featuring schools from across Northern Namibia was held at Ongha Senior Secondary School, as well as a special ceremony featuring representatives from key stakeholders, local organisations and authorities from the region.

"The project here in the north is an important pillar as it will help grow the game and motivate even those who think they might not be able to participate," said Jurg Nepfer, Head of Technical Development Services at FIFA told fifa.com.

The dedicated sport development and education sessions will be delivered by GIZ, an international development agency from Germany, who will aim to use football and other sports as a platform to address social issues faced by local communities in Namibia.

The Namibian Football Association will also provide a specific football course, which will educate schoolteachers and help them become coaches and referees in Namibia.