Zimbabwe is set for a sporting revolution as plans are already in full swing to ensure every primary school has adequate sport facilities including those for disciplines which were once considered elitist.
In this regard, a massive construction project of low cost tennis courts is currently being undertaken at primary schools countrywide, the latest coming in Shurugwi.
Sport is a natural unifier and a nation building tool which has transformed into providing sustenance for many families, therefore everyone must have access to all sporting disciplines and their facilities.
Speaking during a ground breaking ceremony of a multipurpose sport, arts and recreation facility at Chachacha, Shurugwi, the Minister of Sport, Arts and Recreation, Cde Kazembe Kazembe said creation of these facilities is part of government’s initiative towards ensuring that both rural and urban communities enjoy sport.
“My ministry is aiming at taking a bold step in bringing sport, arts and recreation at the grass roots where it is accessible to everyone by constructing and refurbishing sporting and recreation facilities in both urban and rural communities,” he said.
Later, Minister Kazembe proceeded to Vugwi Primary School where he officiated at the brick laying of a low cost tennis court.
He commended the Shurugwi community for supporting the government in mobilising resources for the construction of the sporting facilities that will assist towards identifying and nurturing of sport talent within the community.
“This initiative is aimed at providing a platform for school children and the community to showcase their talent in tennis,” added Cde Kazembe.
Shurugwi Sports Development Association Chairperson, Mr Timothy Nyathi took the opportunity to highlight some of the sporting achievements the area has scored in the recent past.
“We have a darts team of women which represented the district at provincial level and won. The team proceeded to represent the province at national level in Marondera and it brought trophies. We also held a 10km wheel chair race where two of our representatives won. As a district, we are doing well in various disciplines,” he said.
The provision of sporting facilities in rural communities is set to stimulate mass participation in sport arts and recreation, thus impacting positively by ensuring the country has a healthy nation.