Monday, November 29, 2021

BNSC to introduce sand volleyball games in Francistown

Although beach or sand volleyball is not a very popular sport in Botswana, it seems to be finding ground in the country as the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) will host sand volleyball games in Francistown during the coming holidays for the first time.

The Sports Development Officer of BNSC in Francistown, Odirile Sibanda, told The Telegraph last week that the initiative came in as a bid to raise funds for the disabled people in Francistown in order to help them participate in different sporting codes and also to promote the sand volleyball sport in the country.

“We decided to introduce these games in Francistown in order to raise funds to help and facilitate the disabled people in Francistown to take part in sports,” he maintained.

He added that they require individuals to register at a minimum fee of P50 and companies at P300 in order to participate in the games.

He went on to say that since the Botswana Volleyball League is currently on break, it will be an advantage for the teams to participate in the sporting activity.

Sibanda said that contrary to the belief that beach volley ball is only found in the countries with beaches, they want to defy that notion, adding that people do not have to have a beach in their country to play such sports.

He said that one can take sand from a river and create a sand base where he or she can play the sand volleyball game.

“This is a very interesting and cheap sport as one can source sand from the river and create a sand base where he can put his nets and play the game,” he said.

He pleaded with companies and the public to register in numbers as they will be supporting the disabled members of the community.

Sibanda went on to add that the games will commence on the 16th to the 19th of this month. He also added that the event will be hosted at the Tati River, opposite Setlalekgosi Junior Secondary School in Francistown and went on to reinforce that various age groups are invited to take part in the games.

He also pointed out that among the benefits that people will enjoy during the games are the free drinks and braai.

“Companies will also benefit as they are encouraged to bring their banners and also promote and exhibit their products and services,” he said.

He concluded by saying that should the event attract many participants, BNSC will make the games an annual event, adding that interested individuals and companies can register at the BNSC offices in Francistown.

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