AS the Ministry of Sport and Recreation continues with its efforts to set a foundation for a turnaround strategy, they have set their eyes on the training and capacity development so that they unlock the value of sport.
Sport and Recreation Minister, Makhosini Hlongwane, who have been touring various national associations since coming into office last year, yesterday went a step further and met with all the associations representatives at the National Sports Stadium to share the Ministry’s vision, policy and strategic direction.
“The level of development in sport and recreation is directly correlated to the skills and technical and administrative competences endowed within the system.
“Whereas there are clearly defined sport specific pathways to develop sports coaches and technical officials within the ambit of international federations, it is noticeable that the same does not obtain for administrators and leaders at the helm of those same sport codes.
“Due to these glaring shortcomings, anyone within a sport association structure can become a president, chairperson, secretary-general without relevant expertise and experience critical for the discharge of the concomitant responsibilities.
“The Ministry of Sport and Recreation, in collaboration with institutions of higher learning, will standardise sport administration courses which will be offered through colleges, institutes and universities.
“As a matter of policy, it will actively promote the development of Zimbabwean sport practitioners to positions of influence in regional, continental and international federations and other similar structures.
“The Ministry of Sport and Recreation and SRC will craft minimum standards for potential candidates into national sport associations’ executive boards.
“The Ministry of Sport and Recreation, in collaboration with the SRC, will encourage national associations to establish and enforce minimum coaching standards or requirements to be met at each level of their development continuum,” said Hlongwane. Hlongwane said the underlying vision for sport in Zimbabwe is to be “an active, empowered and excelling sporting nation.” And the ministry will be presenting the draft National Sport and Recreation Policy to Cabinet next month.
“I am happy to note that the process culminating in the consummation of this vision was participatory as most of you were involved in the crafting of the draft national sport and recreation policy. I am pleased to let you know that we are now on the home stretch as far as this project is concerned.
“The draft policy document is now being processed for tabling before cabinet next month,” said Hlongwane.
He also touched on schools sport, college, and community sport as the ministry hopes to curb the leakages that have seen most of the talent wasting away when some of the athletes graduate from schools and colleges.
Hlongwane spoke on the focal areas to anchor the transformation of the sport and recreation sector including governance. “The growth and development of sport and recreation are premised on the existence of vibrant club, league and sport association structures.