The German Embassy in Namibia, within the framework of its international sports programme, pledged to donate football equipment worth N$60 000 today to schools that participated in a two-week long football camps in the capital, Windhoek.
The donation is in aid of supporting the spread of broad-based sport participation in the country, and as a contribution to the construction of sustainable sports infrastructure.
Football is regarded the number one participatory sport in Germany as is the case in Namibia. The German non-profit organisation, “Auf Ballhöhe”, supports children all over the world to enable them to play football and develop both their sporting and social competences.
The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Namibia, Christian Schlaga, will hand over the balls and ball nets, shirts, cones, pumps, whistles and medals today at the Van Rhyn Primary School to the participants of the football camps.
Three representatives from “Auf Ballhöhe”, Johannes Schröpfer, Kyle Berger and Oliver Rather now have been busy setting up a camp for 250 boys and girls from seven schools in Katutura since the beginning of June.
In addition to the training camp, 20 teachers will receive training from German pro-licensed coaches.
It is expected that the knowledge sharing and the donation of materials will contribute to making sport fun to practice resulting in the creation of a positive self- image, social awareness and intercultural competences, as well as support sustained positive societal development.
Additionally, as the UEFA European Football Championships are taking place in France in the same time-frame, the Embassy is giving away one football shirt, signed by current world champions’ German national team players.