Debmarine Namibia recommits to youth

31 January 2020 | Sports

Debmarine Namibia has recommitted itself to helping youth by extending their sponsorship of the Bridging the Gap programme.

The sponsorship is aimed at empowering youth through sports.

Launched last year, the Bridging the Gap sports championships saw pupils from grades nine to 12 in all 14 regions competing in the under-17 girls netball and under-15 boys football in Oshakati.

The diamond mining company sponsored N$2 million towards the event last year.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Debmarine Namibia CEO Otto Shikongo said: “Due to the resounding success of the 2019 initiative, I am delighted to announce that Debmarine Namibia has decided to continue with the Bridging the Gap initiative for the next two years.”

This year's event will be hosted at Swakopmund on a date still to be confirmed.

“We believe that sport development is an important component of discipline, and the dedication and commitment required to excel at sports is a crucial catalyst for developing young professionals in the industry,” he added.

Sport minister Erastus Uutoni lauded Debmarine Namibia for extending their support towards the programme.

The minister said he believes the programme serves as a foundation for youth sport development action, which plays a critical role in nurturing Namibian youth.

“This initiative avails an equal opportunity for school-going pupils to have access to netball and soccer in all 14 regions.

“As the ministry responsible for sport development, we welcome and appreciate all efforts by stakeholders such as Debmarine Namibia,” Uutoni said.

Last year, Oshana and Erongo where the joint winners of the under-17 netball category, while Oshana and //Karas won the under-15 football category.

The event also saw 20 girls and 26 boys from 46 schools winning individual prizes, while each player from the winning teams received sports gear to the value of N$1 000.

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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