Parents to take owner- ship of NSSU

The managing member of Namibia Premier League outfit Tura Magic, Isack Hamata has called on parents to take ownership of the Namibia Schools Sport Union (NSSU).

Hamata said parents should take charge of the NSSU if they want their children to be actively involved in sports in the country. “We need to reform school sports and that can only be done by parents and teachers who are actively involved with these children through their sporting activities, as well as education, on a daily basis,” he said.
He added that it is not enough to only have the Confederation of Southern African School Sports Associations (Cosassa) games and think athletes are actively involved in sports.
“The Cosassa ball games alone are not enough. Teachers and parents must think of ways to reform the NSSU and have more athletes actively involved in sports throughout the year,” Hamata said.
He further stated that if parents took ownership of the NSSU, local sports will grow while at the same time, parents would know what their children are doing in sports and school.
“We are supposed to have a lot of regional competitions but before those regional competitions, every region is supposed to have a number of competitions among the different schools. If schools compete among themselves young athletes will be actively involved in sports, which in turn will help them academically,” the sports enthusiast said. Hamata said with lack of parental involvement in the NSSU, the level of youth participation in sports is reduced because they lack support. Many young people will, as a result, end up getting involved in activities that do not contribute positively to their lives or the country, he stated.

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