GRASSROOT Soccer Zimbabwe (GRSZ) and Barclays Bank have embarked on a refurbshment of football fields at five primary schools and a youth centre in Bulawayo.
By the Sports Reporter
The five primary schools are Magwegwe, Mhali (Magwegwe), Ingwegwe, St Benards’ (Pumula), and Mawaba in Lobengula.
The targeted youth centre is Inyathi in Mpopoma.
Grassroot Soccer is working with the Bulawayo City Council for maintenance of the pitch.
GRSZ operations manager Primrose Dube said the organisation, which uses the power of football to educate the youth on preventative measures in the fight against HIV and Aids, is working on awareness programmes in communities where they have established the “Legacy Pitches”.
“We would like to take this opportunity to inform the community that this is their project, a legacy that Barclays Bank and GRSZ are giving to the community. It is everyone’s duty, therefore, to take care of this legacy, so that our future players have a place to call their own and can perfect their skills for their development. We are working on awareness programmes in communities where we have the ‘Legacy Pitches’ and we will be starting on these soon. To avoid further damage to the pitches, especially at Inyathi Youth Centre, we would like the community to assist us,” Dube said.
As part of the Legacy Pitch project, schools will receive new goal posts, nets and technical benches.
GRSZ and Barclays have a three-year partnership which will see orphaned and vulnerable children of communities in Bulawayo and Gweru receive life skills for behaviour change and skills to be leaders in their communities in the fight against HIV and Aids.
Methembe “Mayor” Ndlovu is the director of Grassroot Soccer in the country.