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City Polar FC CSR drive in consonance with BFA strategy – Letshwiti

RAMONAKA, Botswana – The Botswana Football Association (BFA) President, MacLean Letshwiti has praised the Kgatleng Regional Football Association division one side of City Polar FC following its recent donation of various sportswear and equipment to five (5) primary schools in the region.

The schools include Mabalane, Ramonaka, Sikwane, Kgabotshwene and Letsebe.

“I’m thrilled to witness the presentation and handing over of this sportswear and equipment by City Polar FC. Moreover, I am greatly humbled and honoured to be accorded with such a warm welcome in my home soil. We, at the BFA want to thank City Polar in assisting with sports advancement in the country,” said Letshwiti.

In his remarks, Letshwiti said everything started five years ago in his campaign with a quest to change the mindsets of football people, key to his manifesto and BFA strategy being youth development and professionalising football in the country.

“City Polar gives me the satisfaction that the seed we planted is now starting to germinate. Recently, we saw your club developing its own sports facilities and today you’re donating equipment to primary schools in your catchment area. This type of gesture speaks volumes in terms of assisting the BFA to achieve its strategic objectives,” said Letshwiti.

City Polar FC President, David Mpete

Furthermore, the Botswana FA president added, “Donations are all about giving those in need. When an individual or a group of people donates, it gives life and hope to those receiving the donations. The equipment donated to these Primary Schools is an essential and integral part of player development. It will also serve as protection and safety for these aspiring stars. This is what we call touching lives to change perspectives in sport.”

Letshwiti noted that City Polar’s largesse is an investment and support towards the BFA initiatives, adding that it will go a long way in inspiring the children in the village to choose football as the sport and career to pursue.

“As the President of the BFA, I am immensely proud to see this kind of initiative as it is an integral part of the BFA strategy, which include Youth empowerment through football, Creation of player development pathway as well as Increasing quantity and quality in football participation and development,” said Letshwiti.

This initiative, Letshwiti said could not come at a better time since the BFA is currently in talks with FIFA and Botswana Government to introduce ‘football for schools’ program under the auspices of FIFA.

“Research has shown that football development cannot be complete without the involvement of schools because children spend most of their time in schools. We believe this program will inspire youth participation in football across the country and further create a talent identification and selection platform for our Junior national teams,” said Letshwiti.

For his part, City Polar President, David Mpete said his vision is to create a sustainable football value chain where all stakeholders stand to benefit.

Mpete said this football value chain is reflected by his club’s ongoing infrastructure developments which include a mini stadium, lodge, cafeteria and encouraging the development of both girls and boys through a football academy.

BFA President Letshwiti handing over sportswear and equipments to the primary schools representatives

“This donation by City Polar is our kind-hearted way of getting kids off the sidelines and placing sports equipment in the hands of those who need it, so every kid gets a chance to play. It’s our greatest hope that when they play donning these replicas it will boost their confidence and unearth future football stars. Our area is bestowed with accomplished athletes such as Jerome Ramatlhakwana (football) and Baboloki Thebe (athletics) who continue to be an inspiration to these kids hence as a club we truly believe in grassroots development. We have to catch them young and once our facilities are complete, we will play host to schools in our area with the hope that giving them a break to play in a turf will motivate them even further,” said Mpete.

Area MP and Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mabuse Pule said his office continues to work closely with City Polar and further encouraged them to inspire other clubs to develop their own facilities.

“It is quite encouraging to witness what Mpete, and his team are doing by donating sportswear to primary schools, a firm gesture which corresponds with the Vision 2036 ideal of Human and Social Development. I’m even more happy to see the local club developing a stadium, being one of the first clubs in the country to do so.  I will even request the minister of sport to visit this place and see how government can help the furtherance of this massive project,” said Pule.

The various donations were received by teachers from each primary schools on behalf of the students.

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GABORONE, Botswana – The Botswana Football Association (BFA) Medical Committee has embarked on the training of compliance officers as per the Return to Play guidelines. The training,  which kicks off today, 24th June with the FRAFA in Francistown will cover all teams in BFA regions being BFL, First Divisions, RFAs leagues as well as the women’s league, and will conclude on July 4 with Tsabong RFA in Tsabong.  

Just recently, the Medical Committee chaired by Dr. Lone Bogwasi hosted a two-day Return to Play workshop aimed at ensuring that a considerable level of set health precautions is always upheld and to support all teams in the BFA structures, making sure they are capacitated, speak one language of ‘hygiene, prevention and prompt recognition’.

“The medical profession and the country will look onto us and football to ensure outmost safety of the players during their engagement in footballing activities. A multi-disciplinary approach is needed in our engagement to ensure a holistic approach to caring for the athlete to enable a conducive environment for them to excel,” said Dr. Lone Bogwasi recently.

The committee further seeks to identify areas of need by the football association as well as develop policies regarding sports medical matters locally, amongst them, aspects of sports medicine, nutrition, psychology, sports science including continuous education and research which are part of the evolving field of football medicine.

The BFA Medical Committee include Mpho Bogopa, Dr. Monkgogi Thakgathi, Aldrin Majaye, Kitso Dlamini, Golekanye Morutwa, Kaelo Kgosieyang, Dr. Mwamba Nsebula, Tshepo Makete and Tiroyaone Otimile, and is chaired by Dr. Lone Bagwasi.

“We wish to inform you that through the Medical Committee, we will be embarking on the training of compliance officers as per the Return to Play guidelines. You are therefore requested to invite one medical personnel from each team in your region to attend the workshop. You are further requested to source venue for the workshop as per the training schedule below,” said the BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone G. Taylor today.

“The trainings will be conducted by members of the BFA Medical Committee. You are therefore requested to liaise with the Office of the General Manager, Football Operations and the Regional Coordinator for purposes of coordination of the workshop,” added Taylor.

TRAINING SCHEDULE – FIRST DIVISION NORTH, EASTERN & NOTHERN BLOCKS

24th June – FRAFA – Francistown

25th June – Selibe- Phikwe RFA – Selibe Phikwe

26th June – Tswapong, CNRFA & CSRFA – Palapye

27 June – Boteti RFA – Letlhakane

29th June – Nhabe – Maun

3rd July – Chobe – Kasane

TRAINING SCHEDULE – FIRST DIVISION SOUTH, WESTERN & SOUTHERN BLOCKS

29th June – Gaborone City RFA – Gaborone

30th June – BFL, 1st Div. South & SERFA – Gaborone

1st July – SORFA – Kanye

2nd July – Kgatleng RFA – Rasesa

2nd July –  Gantsi RFA – Gantsi

3rd July – Kang & Hukuntsi RFAs – Kang

3rd July – Kweneng RFA – Molepolole

4th July – Tsabong RFA – Tsabong

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