While there has been a deliberate thrust by government to support sports development, the construction and upgrading of infrastructure by local authorities has been lagging behind.

For many of the country’s local authorities, land is readily available for the construction of stadiums, swimming pools as well as other sporting facilities. However, a major challenge is funding to ensure that such infrastructure is availed.

Gokwe town council which is embarking on the construction of a football stadium says funding challenges continue to stall progress.

On the other hand, Norton town council director housing, Mr Blessing Mutyambizi said despite the financial spin offs that will accrue to council from projects such as the construction of recreation facilities, such projects have failed to take off.

The maintenance of these facilities have also left a lot to be desired if one looks at centres like Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex.

Globally, the central role local authorities’ play when it comes to the provision of community sport and recreation facilities comes to the fore during the hosting of major sporting events as well as cultural activities.