Germany’s Ambassador to Namibia, Christian Matthias Schlaga, recently handed over sports equipment to Far North Volleyball League coordinator Mwita Sikopo at the Protea Hotel in Ondangwa.
The consignment consists of 17 volleyballs, 16 netballs, nine volleyball nets, two volleyball poles and three pumps and are earmarked for sports development in the north, with schools as the chief beneficiaries.
“I believe this equipment can make a difference in the lives of many children, if put to good use. In Windhoek, we support basketball with equipment and subsequently we have decided to support volleyball and netball development projects as well,” Schlaga said.
Schlaga added that Germany is in a good relationship with FIFA (International Association Football Federation) and plans are underway to build a sports field in the north of Namibia in an effort to assist local athletes to enhance their skills.
According to Schlaga, sports fields are the ideal playgrounds, where boys and girls can interact with one another while developing a good understanding of their own abilities.
“I believe sport stimulates the minds of children in their quest to purse their ambitions. Sport has been neglected for a while, that’s why I urge everybody to come out of their houses and support sport activities.
Coordinator of the Far North Volleyball League Mwita Sikopo, also weighed in on Schlaga’s sentiments: “This sponsorship will enable us to reach as many people as possible, as we were seriously hamstrung by financial shortcomings in the past, but now this sponsorship will relieve the pressure on our association. It’s now a matter of delivering.”
Sikopo said they would hand over the netball equipment to the Namibian School Sport Union (NSSU)/ The volleyball equipment will be handed to the Volleyball Federation.