The Community Sports Development Programme (CSDP) received a shot in the arm following the visit by the president of the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF) Tove Paule.
CSPD is a partnership between Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), Unicef and NIF and brings many benefits of sport directly to the youth and communities in the country.
Paule is in the country to look for further opportunities to develop the project in the country before she goes to other neighbouring countries which also have similar programmes.
In an interview with NewsDay after meeting with the delegation from NIF the SRC director general Charles Nhemachena said:
“We had a familiarisation meeting with them where we briefed them on how sport in the country is organised from the relevant ministry to the sports associations, while they also shared with us their situation.”
Nhemachena said the delegation was also expected to meet with officials from the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee, while a field visit in Glen View was also expected to take place on Monday.
“NIF has conducted fundraising projects to raise funds which were being channelled through Unicef for the CSPD and such closer cooperation will open other avenues for further co-operation,” Nhemachena added.
During their stay they will visit one of the community clubs in Chitungwiza while they also look for other opportunities for further co-operation,” he said.
The delegation led by Paule also includes four Norwegian technical experts in football, volleyball and track and field athletic who will be conducting coaching courses in Marondera and Bulawayo.
In its development co-operation NIF supports projects on sport development run in other countries in Southern Africa.
NIF is the umbrella organisation for sport in Norway.
It is the largest volunteering organisation with more than two million members and 12000 sports clubs in 19 regions and 56 national federations.
Other programmes that have also benefitted are the “Youth Education Through Sport” – a programme which aims to educate young people about HIV and Aids and other issues affecting their lives, while instilling a sense of community responsibility.