DEBMARINE Namibia in collaboration with the Namibia Schools Sports Union (NSSU) hosted the Bridging the Gap netball and football regional championship that saw the host region, Oshana winning both soccer and netball sports codes.
The program is aimed at improving sports among the youth at grassroots level, and to promote awareness of career opportunity in the marine diamond recovery industry, which is overseen by Debmarine Namibia.
The games attracted 463 schools and 6 560 learners from all 14 regions in the country, for U17 netball and U15 soccer.
Debmarine made N$2 million available that was used for hosting the youth competition.
Speaking on behalf of Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service Erastus Uutoni, NSC Chief Administrator Freddy Mwiya said that the initiative should be commended as it is aimed at keeping the namibian child and youth at heart by providing opportunities such at the Bridging the Gap initiative.
“The relationship being created through NSSUS, Netball Namibia and Namibia Football Association through the parent body of the national sports commission, is worth mentioning and something that we the ministry, are proud of, it is no secret that he current economic situation is challenging and hence sport is underfunded in our country. We, therefore, need to appreciate and commend all efforts by stakeholders such as Debmarine for their commitment to support and uplift the youth through sport activities and ensure that our people play the games they love,” he said.