THE 2014 Nestlé Healthy Kids Athletics and Physical Education competition for primary schools will be held in Hwange — the first time it will be staged outside Harare since its inauguration three years ago.
Nestlé Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager Farai Munetsi said they took the decision to move the national competitions outside Harare in order to spread the competition.
“In the past two years the national competition has been held in Harare, but this time around we decided to spread it.
“We want to motivate other provinces as well, so it is being held in Hwange this time around,” Munetsi said.
The Midlands province are the defending champions after scooping nine gold medals, three silver and six bronze in athletics last year. Manicaland came second with four gold medals, seven silver and four bronze.
In the Physical Education section, Harare came first with Mashonaland Central settling for second place.
The competition will roar into life this month with Mashonaland Central staging the competitions at Trojan Mine, Bindura, on March 14.
In Manicaland province, the competition will kick off on March 11 at Sakubva Stadium in Mutare while kids in Matabeleland North will battle it out at Hwange Stadium the same day.
At the National Sports Stadium in Harare, the competition bursts into life on March 13 with Bulawayo, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West and Masvingo staging the competition the same weekend at White City Stadium, Ruware Primary, Alaska Stadium and Victoria High respectively.
However, Matabeleland South and the Midlands will have to wait a little longer before they can witness their athletes battling for honours as the competition is scheduled to kick off on March 18 at Pelandaba Stadium, Gwanda and Nyamuroro Primary, Gokwe North respectively.
The national competitions have been scheduled for Hwange Stadium on March 26-27.
The competition, in its third year, is held in partnership with National Association of Primary School Headmasters.
The aim behind the competition is to raise nutrition, health and wellness awareness of school-age children across the country.