Nakale starts athletics training
31 January 2018 | Sports
The club was established in the Okuryangava informal settlement in Windhoek in 2015 by former long-distance athlete Tangeni Nakale.
Speaking to Nampa on Sunday, Nakale said they started with the training programme last Wednesday. Training sessions are held every Wednesday and Saturday.
“We have registered over 30 children from previously disadvantaged communities. They range from 13 years to 17 years of age and we train them for two hours a day,” he said.
Nakale said the club will have two or three fun runs this year starting with one on 3 March, while the second one will be held on 19 August. The final date is yet to be finalised.
He encouraged parents of children from the surrounding communities of Oshitenda, Okahandja Park and Okuryangava to allow the children to come to the club and receive training.
“We started the athletics club to train children to have a sporting mind at a very young age. They do sports at their schools but this will be professional training from me as I am a former athlete myself,” he added.
The Tangeni Nakale Athletics Kids Fun Run Club is aimed at encouraging young people in the Okuryangava and Okahandja Park informal settlements to participate in sports, while also identifying potential athletes among the youth.