ALL OUT AFRICA INVESTS E150 000 IN SPORTS DEVELOPMENT

ALL OUT AFRICA INVESTS E150 000 IN SPORTS DEVELOPMENT

All Out Africa, a non-profit organization, is investing E150 000 in sports development in the Lobamba constituency.
Announcing the sponsorship package for the upcoming season at Lidwala Lodge in Ezulwini, All Out’s Director Kim Roques said he believed that sports was very important for child development. He said sports enabled children to see themselves as part of the community they lived in. He said for this reason, they felt it was their duty to make
sure that children in the constituency had a better understanding of sports from an early age. He said All Out
Africa had a program that made it possible to nurture children at a very early age, making sport among the first things children learnt. “We see ourselves as part of this community because we have been her for a while. I am happy that we have now expanded to other sports disciplines like basketball, cycling and swimming to bring diversity, hence we will be putting E150 000 worth of funds towards developing sports in the whole community,” Roques said to a round of applause from the audience. All Out’s Tjengisa Dlamini enlightened the gathering on how the programs would be implemented. He said they felt very little was being done to involve girls in sports, hence they introduced basketball where they would reach out to more children in schools. He said they currently had over 6 schools that they were working with within the Lobamba- Zulwini corridor. He hoped the program would foster gender equality. Lobamba constituency headman Abraham Bhembe said they were grateful for this sponsorship, saying it would will help them as a community fight substance and drug abuse among the young people. He said they planned to host a women tournament in August this year, and had ensured that all playgrounds in the constituency had goal
posts. He said they were equally concerned about women involvement in sport. Hhohho Regional Football Association’s Chairman Nigel Shongwe said sports in general was very crucial in children’s development and if the disciplines
they taught were instilled at an early age the children would grow up to be responsible citizens. He made reference to soccer which he said taught one to be a team player, and respect teammates. He said the sport also instilled self-control among players. Other speakers on the day included Eswatini National Sports and Recreational Council Chief Executive Officer Darius Dlomo, who said he was very honoured to have witnessed what he said was an important event. “We are grateful and excited for the Lobamba constituency to have managed to maintain this relationship. We are aware that this relationship is not beginning today,” continued Dlomo in his remarks.

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