Kavango volleyball in need of support

29 May 2019 | Sports

The lack of sports infrastructure and support for the development of volleyball in the two Kavango regions is depriving some talented players of the opportunity to reach their full potential.

This is according to the Kavango Volleyball Association chairperson, Bronner Henk.

Henk told Ewi lyaNooli this month that volleyball in the two Kavango regions is facing many challenges that need to be addressed.

He said the lack of support for sport in the region is worrisome.

Henk is a teacher at Noordgrens Secondary School who has groomed many young volleyball players over the years. A number of them are currently part of the national volleyball teams.

“To be honest with you, there is no support for volleyball in the two Kavango regions. Children love sports but because of the lack of support from stakeholders, their talents are not explored to the best of their ability.

“We try our best and even invest our own resources in developing the sport while our stakeholders' arms remain crossed,” Henk said.

Henk who started coaching volleyball at Noordgrens Secondary School back in 2003, said that nothing much has changed in terms of the growth of volleyball.

“Look at where we are, and mind you we started this in 2003, which is 16 years ago. There is no support and stakeholders are not coming on board as we expect,” he said.

Henk said in order for volleyball to grow in the regions, infrastructure such as multi-purpose centres must be built.

Henk said they also need volleyball equipment as there is a shortage of balls and nets.

Transport to games is another challenge. Henk said the volleyball team is sometimes expected to represent the region at national competitions but has no transport to the venue.

“If these demands are met, we will manage our volleyball league properly and make sure that the youth are groomed to be among the best in the country,” Henk said.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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