Big ups to Debmarine Namibia
22 July 2019 | Sports
I pen this with sincere gratitude towards Debmarine Namibia for sponsoring the financially struggling school sports fraternity.
It was pleasing to witness the announcement of an N$2 million sponsorship by the company towards school sports.
The sponsorship will be used to stage an under-15 football and under-17 netball tournament in conjunction with the Namibia School Sports Union (NSSU).
The first part of the tournament will be played at various schools in all 14 regions from 7 to 14 September. About 40 schools in each region will compete against each other.
The NSSU, with the help of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and Netball Namibia, will then select players from participating schools to form regional teams.
The fact that Debmarine Namibia will also be sponsoring playing gear to these schools is remarkable.
It is no secret that school sport has struggled tremendously for the last couple of years.
The school sports fraternity was also recently dealt a big blow when the ministry of sport announced that there are no funds to implement various international sport programmes planned by the Namibia School Sports Union (NSSU).
That is why this sponsorship by Debmarine Namibia during these hard economic times comes as a lifeline for school sports.
The fact that this sponsorship will directly touch about 40 schools in each of the 14 Namibian regions is music to my ears.
We all know that some schools have been unable to participate in sport activities because of a lack of funds.
It has been evident in recent times that it is mostly only the private schools that are still trying to keep school sport alive because they have the financial muscle.
I would like to urge other companies that are still not supporting youth in sport to do so.
We all know that the youth are the future of this country and it is important that they get the necessary support from corporate Namibia.
Most of these young athletes aspiring to become future stars need help and that help lies with corporate Namibia.
It would be great if more youth tournaments are sponsored in order for the country to groom future stars to fulfil the adage “catch them while they are still young”.
I am not talking about only sponsoring football, netball, rugby and hockey; all sport codes that fall under the Namibia Sports Commission need equal treatment.
I am also encouraging the companies that are already involved in sport funding to go the extra mile as far as creating more events is concerned.
The hopes and dreams of many young Namibian sport lovers are all in the hands of corporate Namibia.
What I believe is of utmost importance is that corporate Namibia must not only focus on the main region (Khomas), but must expand to other regions where children are desperate to get involved in sport.
Many countries are successful because they have invested so much in their youthful talent.
It is the reason why countries like the United States are great and come to dominate in global events.
Namibia would have been one of the best countries in terms of sport had we had nurtured the talent we had in schools a decade ago.
There are so many unpolished young stars out there willing to become great sport stars.
The important part is that sport activities also keep many pupils off the streets, where they are exposed to alcohol and drug abuse at an early age.
I believe that there is more to be done in school sports and corporate Namibia must invest in the youth.