Debmarine Namibia in partnership with the Namibia Schools Sports Union (NSSU) launched the “Bridge the gap U/15 Netball and Football Youth programmes at the Hage Geingob sports stadium in Wednesday.
Debmarine Namibia CEO Otto Shikongo says other parastatals within Namibia need to join the Government in helping shape the youth, as without the youth there will be no future.
“Sports itself is critical in the development of youth, in that it brings about discipline, dedication and commitment, not forgetting the health benefits. The participants learn to respect decisions made by their leaders in sports despite having different views.”
He adds that having been a sponsor of the Debmarine Namibia Cup and Netball Namibia and now they turn to the teenagers.
The programme will be aligned with the Debmarine Namibia Schools Outreach programe, which focuses on grade 9-12 in bids to raise awareness for career opportunities within Marine Diamond recovery.
The Minister of Sports , Youth and National Services Erastus Uutoni encouraged against excluding certain youth in certain sports codes due to stereotype issues.
Franco Cosmos of the FIFA Normalisation Committee express gratitude towards Debmarine Namibia for their investment in the Namibian youth.
“We are proud and excited to be part of this initiative. We recognize and applaud the efforts from Debmarine. Without these schools, we would have no players to feed to the first divisions, premiere leagues as well as the national teams. Let’s continue to unearth and polish these uncut diamonds and bring them into the system”.
The Pilot programe is expected to kick off in Oshana Region at the Independence Stadium in Oshakati this coming Friday.