The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) on Monday donated sports equipment worth $22 000 to the Northern Region Soccer League to promote the development of sport at grassroots level.
The equipment, donated under the Community Sports Development Programme (CSDP) starter and promotional kits, included 1 200 soccer balls, 1 000 T-shirts, 4 210 bibs and 420 skipping ropes.
Speaking at the handover ceremony at Magamba Hockey Stadium, Edward Siwela, the SRC board vice-chairman, said the equipment would help in the setting up and establishment of community sports clubs as well as encouraging youths to shun vices.
“The communities stand to benefit the most as their youth engage in productive activities that seek to shape them into future community and national leaders and in so doing, shunning a lot of social risks such as drugs and alcohol abuse,” said Siwela.
“The programme seeks to contribute, in no small measure, towards the country’s attainment of the Millennium Development Goals as set by the United Nations by promoting among, other things, gender equality, life skills and HIV and Aids awareness among the youths through the YES programme, a component of the CSDP.”
The SRC said they have targeted establishing 70 districts countrywide and 40 of them have already been established.
Unicef, the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympics Committee and Confederation of Sport provided funding for the procurement of the sport equipment.