2017 FNB Classic Clashes launched

WINDHOEK – Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) chief administrator Freddy Mwiya has called on parents to support their children unconditionally when it comes to sports.

He was speaking at the launch of the 2017 First National Bank (FNB) Classic Clashes in Windhoek on Tuesday.

The high school tournament sees learners participate in rugby, football and netball games.

Speaking to Nampa on the sidelines of the launch, Mwiya said sport activities like the Classic Clashes are important because they target the youths.

“Such games develop talent at a young age and also showcase how companies are supporting government in early development of sports in the country,” he said.

Mwiya added that this goes hand-in-hand with the NSC’s vision of developing a competitive and committed sporting nation.

During his keynote address, Mwiya said sports development helps reduce the crime rate, as sports “provide an outlet for troubled youth who are otherwise likely to commit crime”.

“Contact sports like rugby for example, provide both an outlet for aggression and financial opportunity for those who have no other prospects,” he said.

Sports also promote discipline and good habits that benefit participants in other areas of their daily lives.

Mwiya added that sports in general require not only discipline, but also team work, physical fitness and mental concentration, which help learners in their education and future careers.

Solly Duiker, the national coordinator of the Namibia Schools Sport Union, added that besides discipline and team work, the games also help participants become leaders.

He said the games create an opportunity for students to grow as leaders in a sense of leading their teams on and off the field.

“It also helps schools market themselves, as well as the games to other students who were never exposed to sport,” Duiker  said.

More than 40 senior secondary schools will participate in this year’s edition of the games.

The first games take place on Friday, pitting St Joseph’s Roman Catholic High School and Eldorado Secondary School against each other in netball in Döbra.

This year’s theme is ‘Game on! Be a hero. Be there!’ These are the 10th successive Classic Clashes. – Nampa

June 2017
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