FIFA project assists grassroots football development in Namibia

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-24 00:56:33|Editor: yan
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WINDHOEK, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) and the Namibia Football Association (NFA) will renovate existing football pitches at selected schools and institutions in Namibia.

FIFA's Design Consultant Ian McClements in a statement on Thursday said that he was happy with progress that is being made at different schools in the country.

The consultant was in Namibia to assess progress made on the development and rehabilitation of sports fields in the Khomas and Ohangwena Regions which were commissioned in February this year.

According to McClements, the aim of the project is to enrich the lives of a vast number of Namibian children by benefiting 23 schools and one Vocational Training Center in the country, while also aiding the NFA with the expansion of youth football at grassroots level.

"The overarching objective is to provide better access to education on HIV/AIDS through football, sporting facilities and equipment, as well as increasing the sporting capacity of the schools involved and widening the participation of school children in football," he said.

Meanwhile, FIFA and the German Football Association is also helping to provide football equipment and educate instructors on coaching, refereeing and league management.

McClements has been doing field inspection for 26 years and has visited 15 venues in the northern part of Namibia. He designed stadiums for five African countries, namely Zambia, South Africa, Botswana, Morocco, and Tanzania, with Namibia being the sixth, and was as well involved in the development of pitches for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.