Big ups to NSC and NSFAF

24 February 2020 | Sports

I must congratulate the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) and the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) for signing a memorandum of understating.

It is a milestone between the two stakeholders given that it will enable athletes, officials and employees in the sport industry to be assisted with study loans over the next three years.

Sport has often been left behind because it is a sector government does not consider as a priority.

I believe the deal shows that we are actually moving to a point were government is acknowledging that sport can indeed create employment and contribute towards economic growth if those in the industry receive the necessary training and education.

The fact that people in the sport industry will be able to access loans to study in various sport fields will improve sport at all levels.

I have so often written about the importance of athletes pursing education while playing sport.

The number of people in the fraternity who lack the necessary qualifications in administration roles has been on the increase.

It is for this reason that some of the chaos experienced in the industry is often not resolved.

People take up positions without any education background in sports management.

It has been no secret that many footballers and athletes often end up without education and a decent life after retiring from their careers.

I have witnessed sport personalities being left homeless even after earning big money during their careers.

This has been contributed to by the fact that many of the athletes do not pursue an education while plying their trade.

It is very important that our athletes concentrate on education while pursuing a sport career.

The fact that Namibia has no professional sport set-up makes it difficult for sport personalities to make the money people abroad make.

The unfortunate truth is that our country is far from establishing professional sports and continues to drift further away from that.

Schools have a big role to play in encouraging young aspiring athletes to do well academically before they can join the school teams.

Some schools have a rule that learners may only take part in school sports if their marks are satisfactory.

It is a system that can push those who are passionate about sports to do better in their studies in order to land a place on school teams.

Parents also have a role to play in helping their children succeed in both academics and sport. Always make sure that your son or daughter makes education their first priority and sport second.

People must realise that you cannot play competitive sport forever and a time will come when you will need to do something else.

The sporting industry also goes beyond just participating – there is a need for coaches, legal sport professionals and learned administrators.

I believe that sport in this country can only improve if people in the sector have academic qualifications in their field of work.

It is important that we as a country invest in the future leaders of tomorrow and we can start by having more qualified sport administrators in positions.

That is why I encourage all sport personnel to make use of the opportunity provided by NSFAF and NSC.

As things stand, there are only a few days to go before applications close and that is why those who do not succeed to get a loan in time this year should consider applying again next year.

I further urge the NSC and all sport federations to practice fairness when undergoing the selection process.

The most important thing is that people are not selected based on favouritism but rather their work ethic in the sport industry and qualifications must be key.

Similar News


Olympic sports fret over lost income

1 day - 03 April 2020 | Sports

The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and the shutdown of the sporting calendar because of the coronavirus pandemic are going to hit international sports federations...

Hamukwaya hails Fredricks foundation

1 day - 03 April 2020 | Sports

Jesse Jackson KauraisaWINDHOEKNamibia Paralympics Committee secretary-general Michael Hamukwaya has lauded the Frank Fredericks Foundation for supporting para-athlete Johannes Nambala. Nambala's preparations and livelihood have...

We're still running – Amakali

1 day - 03 April 2020 | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMIWINDHOEKRunners around the country and world are taking to the streets and trails to keep their fitness up and immune systems strong as gyms...

Cooler tone in women's soccer

2 days ago - 02 April 2020 | Sports

Women players suing US Soccer say in court documents filed on Tuesday that the federation has acknowledged the jobs of men and women footballers require...

PSL star herds cows

2 days ago - 02 April 2020 | Sports

While most players have locked themselves down for 21 days, one PSL star is tending to cattle back home in Macambini as he spends time...

2020 Wimbledon a 'tough pill to swallow'

2 days ago - 02 April 2020 | Sports

John Isner, who won the longest-ever tennis match over three days at Wimbledon in 2010, says it will be a “tough pill to swallow” if...

Collin Benjamin's 80-shirt collection

2 days ago - 02 April 2020 | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMIWINDHOEKIt's not every day you see a former local footballer sharing a picture of his soccer shirt collection, but Collin Benjamin has, over his...

I feel for Africa – Kamuhanga

2 days ago - 02 April 2020 | Sports

Jesse Jackson KauraisaWINDHOEKFormer Civics, Black Africa and African Stars winger Eslin Kamuhanga has expressed concern how Namibians and Africans will be able to survive during...

Hopkins’ entry to Boxing Hall of Fame delayed

3 days ago - 01 April 2020 | Sports

NAMPA/AFPLegendary world champions Bernard Hopkins and Shane ‘Sugar’ Mosley will have their inductions to the International Boxing Hall of Fame postponed to 2021 due to...

Australian union cuts 75% of staff

3 days ago - 01 April 2020 | Sports

NAMPA/REUTERS The Australian rugby union has stood down 75% of its staff to cut costs and forecasts a loss of A$120...

Latest News

Mariental flooded after cloudburst

1 day - 03 April 2020 | Disasters

ELLANIE SMITMARIENTALMajor flooding was experienced at Mariental yesterday morning after 120 mm of rain fell within a two-hour period.The rain started at about 08:00 and...

Geingob needs support to lead...

1 day - 03 April 2020 | Opinion

President Hage Geingob often gets the stick for all the challenges that the country faces, but perhaps unfairly so at times.While he arguably did not...

20 000 Jack Ma corona...

1 day - 03 April 2020 | Disasters

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKNamibia may only start using the 20 000 coronavirus testing kits donated by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma by the end of April.The government is...

Hefty lockdown violation fines revealed

1 day - 03 April 2020 | Disasters

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKPeople who flout the lockdown rules during the coronavirus state of emergency could be fined up to N$2 000. This is in accordance...

Meatco to restart slaughtering

1 day - 03 April 2020 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEK Meatco will restart slaughtering activities at its factory next week following a declaration that the agriculture value chain is an essential service....

Dams more than 50% full

1 day - 03 April 2020 | Weather

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEK The average dam level has risen to 56.9%, nearly twice as high as last season when the dams were only 31.1% full....

Fresh and Popping – Lockdown...

1 day - 03 April 2020 | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE WINDHOEK As you already know, Fresh and Popping is where we share trending songs, hot out of the booth. We tell you...

Sharing hope with gospel music

1 day - 03 April 2020 | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE WINDHOEKA genre with a devoted community of fans, Namibian gospel is producing more and more world-class content, like award-winning Manda Gabriel, who recently...

Keeping it real

1 day - 03 April 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Recently, we've had some new names on this page. The response has been awesome, but I've also received some resentful opinions. Asking why the page...

Load More