Since gaining affiliation to Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) in 2013, Botswana Handball Association (BHA) has inducted secondary school teachers across the country through ordinary coaching courses, with the objective of introducing the sport in schools.
Botswana Handball Association (BHA) Secretary General, Andrew Kamanga has revealed that they intend to develop the sport at grassroots level by introducing it in primary and secondary schools.
“It’s important to instil the sport onto children while they are still young because that’s when they are able to seize the basics. Development is very important in every sport,” Kamanga said.
BHA is currently hosting a 10 day Level 1 Coaching Course that is aimed at equipping teachers with necessary skills. The course started on Thursday and will be conducted by international handball expert Dr. Martin Tuma from Czech Republic who has been assigned by the International Handball Federation (IHF) to develop the sport in the country. He added that the course will be an upgrade from the previous ordinary course that was held last year. The course will be conducted in both theory and practical sessions at the University of Botswana stadium.
“We have engaged physical education lecturers at the University of Botswana, as well as students and the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) personnel to assist with essential skills since they are more familiar with the sport,” said Kamanga.
He further said even though they are trying hard to promote and develop the sport locally, they face challenges of lack of financial support from the BNSC.
“We appreciate the support but it’s never enough, especially with regards to finances. The IHF has assisted with balls, nets and other relevant equipment in order for us to keep the sport alive,” added Kamanga.
BHA‘s first international tournament was in 2014 in Zambia, comprising of eight African countries. Botswana did exceptionally well in the tournament, defeating Swaziland and losing to South Africa and Lesotho.
“This is a true reflection of the potential of our local players. Currently there are few secondary schools that have adopted the sport, including Ledumang, Marang CJSS and Moeti CJSS in Maun. They are all doing fairly well and we intend to roll out the sport to more schools,” he said.