Monday, October 25, 2021

Stars give free tips to Maun kids

Maun: As part of developing local talent and giving back to the community, My Maun Experience (MME) hosted their second football, and athletics coaching clinics in December 2016. The first football clinics, held in 2015, were held in Marobela and Maun respectively.

“The coaching clinics are a deliberate move to create a positive image away from the usual fun activities that have come to be associated with Maun. It is our way of giving youngsters an opportunity to learn from those at the top of the game,” said Dose Mosimanyane, MME organiser.

The football and athletics clinics were conducted by former Zebras star Diphetogo “Dipsy” Selolwane, Nigel Amos, Amantle Montsho and Karabo Sibanda respectively. 

“This was my third coaching clinic and second for My Maun Experience,” said Selolwane. “I have always believed in sharing what I have learnt over the years with the kids and giving them inspiration to pursue their footballing dreams,” he told Sunday Standard. 

Although he admits there is only so much one can share with the children in a single day, Selolwane believes the little that he offers can spark interest, passion and discipline in the participants.

He encouraged Maun parents to send their children to the annual clinics. “If there is a former professional player willing to spend his own time to share skills and experience with my child free of charge I would not let my child miss out on the opportunity.”

Selolwane, who is also Football Union of Botswana (FUB) president and Lame Rankgomo drilled the children of Maun through various football training methods on December 30 at Maun Sports Complex. As much as they emphasised the importance of taking the sport seriously Selolwane encouraged the children to adopt the same passion for education. 

“A football playing career is one of the shortest in the world and one always has to have a back-up plan to implement as soon as the curtain closes on their playing career,” Selolwane said, adding, “we have to dispel the ‘dumb’ stereotype that has always been associated with athletes.” 

Just outside the football pitch the track was a hive of activity Amos, Montsho, and Sibanda were sharing tips on what made them the renowned athletes they have become.  

It was the first MME athletics clinic. “For a first event, I am very impressed with the turnout,” Montsho said. She said the clinics present a great opportunity to scout for talent. “The clinic is something our sport bodies like Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) can invest in and assist us discover and develop talent.” Montsho said they were currently running the clinic at their own expense. “

“It would also be a good idea to have a sports academy in the area,” Montsho said. Amos also shared Montsho’s sentiment that some level of support from BNSC and other relevant authorities would come in handy. 

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