Youth games preps up


BULAWAYO’s Metropolitan provincial sports management board will Tuesday hold a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of the construction and renovation of facilities that will be used during the 11th edition of the Zimbabwe National Youth Games at Luveve High School.

Report by Vitalis Moyo.

The games will take place from August 17-25 and will attract young sportsmen and women from the country’s 10 provinces.

Bulawayo was the first to host the games at their inception in 2003.

Luveve High School are the defending champions in handball will be the venue for handball games together with Northlea High School.

The two schools are set to benefit from hosting the games, as they will have new handball courts built.

Sports and Recreation Commission regional manager Isaiah Mpofu said the refurbishment and construction of venues was already underway.

“Work to make sure that our venues are ready by the time we reach the games is well in progress,” he said.

“We have quite a number of venues for the different sporting disciplines where we have men on the ground doing all the work to ensure that all our venues are user-friendly.”

Girls’ College will host tennis and volleyball games for the girls while Bulawayo Courts for the Disabled will host all the basketball games,.Emakhandeni Tennis Courts will be used for tennis matches and Milton High will host volleyball.

National University of Science and Technology will be the venue for athletics while White City Stadium will host men’s soccer. Women’s soccer matches will be played at Barbourfields Stadium.

“Renovations are also being made at Stanley Square, which will be the venue for all the boxing that will be played during the games,” Mpofu said.

The 10 provinces’ general managers will be in the city from July 17-20 to assess the progress that has been made by the local organising committee to implement recommendations that were made in their first meeting held earlier this year.