Mabika holds inaugural sports career camp

Shelly Guni

Every project’s foundation must be solid if it is to yield long-term benefits. It holds true for every sector of business, including sports.

An organized grassroots program must be consistently funded if a country wants to become an athletic superpower.

The first stage in creating a robust sporting community in the nation is grassroots development. Compared to students at government schools, kids in private schools frequently have access to better sports facilities and coaches.

But what about those in the rural areas?

Those talented young athletes with no proper facilities, no qualified coaches, no special mentors?

Dubai-lbased marathon runner Royal Mabika and his partners Monson Funeral Directors have taken it upon themselves to assist young sports people from the rural areas.

This is through the Royal Mabika organised Sports Career Camps.

The first camp was held on August 12 and 13 at Matanha Secondary School in Mhondoro Mubaira where 30 kids attended.

“My aim is to help empower young athletes from the rural areas,” Mabika told Review&Mail

“If we all focus on the kids in urban areas, who will help these talented ones in marginalised areas?

“I personally understand their plight having to have come from a rural set-ups to where I am now.

“I want to tell these kids that everything is possible. Especially if I can get the right support.”

Mabika said the camp was a success.

“I am happy with the response from these children. This definitely showed that we have left something positive. We will now focus on them and constantly putting an eye so that we check their progress,” he said

The camp had a number of professionals who spoke on different topics.

Tawanda Murepa, a physiologist presented mental health issues, drug abuse amongst many other topics.

During his presentation, one student opened up on the issue of drugs, showing the impact that this camp had on the children.

Cuthbert Kuture and sports administrators Joyce Kapota and Edson Chirowodza also made their presentations.

“The children were taught on how to become a successful sports person and also how to take sports seriously and also as a profession.

These presentations were very meaningful to the kids because sometimes it takes a word to change someone’s life.

“‘I also spoke about my own journey through sport and how it has paid off for me and I know truly that it changed someone’s perspective on sort.

“Our next stop is in Zvimba,” he said.

The official partners for the programme, Monson Funeral Directors CEO Micheal Monson pledged his support towards the initiative.

Monson presented certificates and other gifts to the children as well as

We are very proud to support the young kids here in Mhondoro.

This is our first time involved in helping the community and we want to continue with this initiative of helping kids realise their dreams

“Especially kids who are in the rural community and those that are marginalised but deserve this support. We are here to help them,” he said.

“This programme is to help and motivate young talented kids in the rural to achieve their dreams

“We are a small company but I think we want to help in a big way. We have plans to reach as many schools as we can.

“We definitely want to give out to the whole of Zimbabwe. So from here we are going to do some follow-ups to see which kids will be excelling in the different sports codes then we take it from there. If there is any opportunity for the kids to represent their province or country we will then assist them,” he said.

“This is not going to end here, as you can see the drive and passion that Royal has in assisting young kids, so we are going to assist him all the way.”

Matanha Primary School headmaster applauded Mabika for the initiative.

“This is an important event in the lives of these children. They have not had something of this sort. So we thank Royal for giving our pupils this opportunity.”

Mabika holds inaugural sports career camp

Shelly Guni

Every project’s foundation must be solid if it is to yield long-term benefits. It holds true for every sector of business, including sports.

An organized grassroots program must be consistently funded if a country wants to become an athletic superpower.

The first stage in creating a robust sporting community in the nation is grassroots development. Compared to students at government schools, kids in private schools frequently have access to better sports facilities and coaches.

But what about those in the rural areas?

Those talented young athletes with no proper facilities, no qualified coaches, no special mentors?

Dubai-lbased marathon runner Royal Mabika and his partners Monson Funeral Directors have taken it upon themselves to assist young sports people from the rural areas.

This is through the Royal Mabika organised Sports Career Camps.

The first camp was held on August 12 and 13 at Matanha Secondary School in Mhondoro Mubaira where 30 kids attended.

“My aim is to help empower young athletes from the rural areas,” Mabika told Review&Mail

“If we all focus on the kids in urban areas, who will help these talented ones in marginalised areas?

“I personally understand their plight having to have come from a rural set-ups to where I am now.

“I want to tell these kids that everything is possible. Especially if I can get the right support.”

Mabika said the camp was a success.

“I am happy with the response from these children. This definitely showed that we have left something positive. We will now focus on them and constantly putting an eye so that we check their progress,” he said

The camp had a number of professionals who spoke on different topics.

Tawanda Murepa, a physiologist presented mental health issues, drug abuse amongst many other topics.

During his presentation, one student opened up on the issue of drugs, showing the impact that this camp had on the children.

Cuthbert Kuture and sports administrators Joyce Kapota and Edson Chirowodza also made their presentations.

“The children were taught on how to become a successful sports person and also how to take sports seriously and also as a profession.

These presentations were very meaningful to the kids because sometimes it takes a word to change someone’s life.

“‘I also spoke about my own journey through sport and how it has paid off for me and I know truly that it changed someone’s perspective on sort.

“Our next stop is in Zvimba,” he said.

The official partners for the programme, Monson Funeral Directors CEO Micheal Monson pledged his support towards the initiative.

Monson presented certificates and other gifts to the children as well as

We are very proud to support the young kids here in Mhondoro.

This is our first time involved in helping the community and we want to continue with this initiative of helping kids realise their dreams

“Especially kids who are in the rural community and those that are marginalised but deserve this support. We are here to help them,” he said.

“This programme is to help and motivate young talented kids in the rural to achieve their dreams

“We are a small company but I think we want to help in a big way. We have plans to reach as many schools as we can.

“We definitely want to give out to the whole of Zimbabwe. So from here we are going to do some follow-ups to see which kids will be excelling in the different sports codes then we take it from there. If there is any opportunity for the kids to represent their province or country we will then assist them,” he said.

“This is not going to end here, as you can see the drive and passion that Royal has in assisting young kids, so we are going to assist him all the way.”

Matanha Primary School headmaster applauded Mabika for the initiative.

“This is an important event in the lives of these children. They have not had something of this sort. So we thank Royal for giving our pupils this opportunity.”

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