The Southern Region has stepped up its preparations for the Youth Education through Sports Progammes (YES) which roar into life in the Matabeleland South capital of Gwanda on Friday.
Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) coordinator for Matabeleland North Permanent Sibanda confirmed that the Southern Region was fully geared up for the games as they would be out to battle for supremacy against the Northern Region.
“We want to do very well in the games as the Southern Region, we want to win all the awards as we want our team to be represented in the Norway Cup in July next year,” he said.
Sibanda said various stakeholders had come on board to assist with the hosting of the games and travelling of teams to Gwanda.
Hwange Colliery Company, Rio Tinto and Murowa Diamonds from Midlands are some of the companies who have come on board to support the games.
“We are cementing ties with various stakeholders, Rio Tinto and Murowa Diamonds are some of the companies which have assisted. We also have very cordial relations with Hwange Colliery Company,” he said. Sibanda also thanked Raj Modi, general manager of Bellevue Spar, and National Association of School Heads (Nash) and National Association of Primary School Heads (Naph) for assisting in preparations for the games.
Sibanda urged other firms like Zimbabwe Power Company to also consider supporting the YES Games programmes.
The representatives of the Southern Region were selected during games that were held in Lupane on November 19 and 20.
Sibanda said they would be expected to pay affiliation fees as the SRC would bankroll the whole event while all participants would be expected to be in Gwanda on Thursday.
“Our affiliation fees will be $100. The SRC will bankroll the whole tournament. We also expect all teams to be in Gwanda on Thursday but the games will begin on Friday,” he said.