The Nestlé Zimbabwe Healthy Kids athletics and physical education tournament is in full swing across the country, with a number of provincial tournaments having already taken place, while a few are yet to get underway.
The tournament, bankrolled by food giant Nestlé Zimbabwe to a tune of $80 000, got underway last Thursday with provincial games in Mashonaland West, Harare and Bulawayo.
In Mashonaland West, children converged at Karoi Junior School where focus was on physical education, but it was all systems go at the National Sports Stadium on the same day as competitors were trying to outdo each other in athletics. It was the same scenario in Bulawayo’s White City Stadium.
The tournament continued in Bulawayo with the kids meeting again at the National University of Science and Technology, on Friday, to take part in physical education and field events.
Mucheke Stadium in Masvingo played host to athletics and physical education events last Friday.
Today, the tournament will continue in Manicaland with Sakubva Stadium hosting athletics and physical education.
Pupils in Matabeleland North expect to get the same treat when they convene for a two-day event at Lupane Primary School in Lupane starting this morning.
The provincials will end with another athletics and physical education event at Maglas Stadium in Zvishavane on Friday.
The provincial games will culminate in the national finals set for the National Sports Stadium on Thursday and Friday next week.
The inaugural tournament — first of its kind in the country — has been implemented in other 60 countries in the world with an estimated six million children benefiting.
Zimbabwe becomes the third country on the continent to roll out the programme after neighbours South Africa and North Africa’s Morocco.