WINDHOEK, 29 MAY – The First National Bank (FNB) Classic Clashes for 2018 were launched in Windhoek on Tuesday.
The programme was started in 2008 by FNB and has become one of the most sought-after events on the school sports calendar for secondary schools in the country.
In a speech read on his behalf, Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Erastus Uutoni said he is happy that over the years FNB has come on board to initiate sports programmes for schools for development.
“As the ministry mandated for the expansion of sports in the country, we have partnered with FNB to let sports grow forward. Sports development is an essential tool for promoting cooperation, peace and advocacy and above all, leads to healthy living,” Uutoni said.
He further said as a major contribution to community social life, sport is an important part of culture, tradition, identity and reinforcement of national values.
“We recognise sport as physical education and a Namibian human right for all people and organisations. The government through this ministry remains committed to take great pride from gestures such as this initiated by stakeholders such as FNB.”
Uutoni called on Namibians to focus on infrastructure and building programmes in other development areas of society within sport disciplines that have been sidelined, saying it must be brought back from all corners and supported.
One of the learners from Eldorado Secondary School, Marcha Isaacks, whom Nampa spoke to said they are grateful for FNB to have come up with such an initiative to keep school children involved in sports as a healthy body creates a healthy mind.
“It is good as we come together as learners to be competing in different sport codes. It develops friendships among learners and is also good for inter-school relations on school level,” she said.
Forty schools across the country will participate in football, rugby and netball, from 31 May until 28 July.