The first ever Southern Africa Regional ball sports games for primary schools are set to take place in Namibia, with the Botswana Primary Schools Sports Association (BOPSSA) participating.
In an interview with the Sunday Standard, the Publicity Secretary, Edward Moreti, said that “these are the first regional ball sports games to be ever held in the region”.
He added that this is a welcome development as it is an indication that children are developing and gaining skills. He noted that it is imperative that children are introduced to sports at an early age.
Of late, the Association has five codes under it which are netball, volleyball, athletics, cricket and football.
Moreti said of the five codes only three will be taking part that is football (U-13) netball (U-13) and volleyball (U-15).
In total BOPSSA is taking to Namibia 98 pupils who were outstanding during the National Competitions held in July 2010.
The games are between three countries, namely Namibia, Botswana and Lesotho.
BOPSSA is being sponsored by the Government.
Moreti added that the association is also appealing for sponsorship from the stakeholders as they are underfunded. He said that currently participants are in training camps preparing for the games.
The Netball team is training at Philip Moshotle in Block eight; Volleyball team is training at the SSG grounds and soccer team in Orapa.
Moreti said after the major event, BOPSSA, will have cross country for athletics in November and Metropolitan tournament for footballers.
BOPSSA is an association that was established to ensure that sports in primary schools will be run more effectively.
Before BOPSSA came into existence, sports at primary schools was run by the Botswana Teachers Union (BTU)’s welfare committee.