Mothusi Galekhutle – The Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA) recently donated table tennis equipment to some schools in the Ghanzi region as part of efforts to encourage children to take up the sport from the start. younger age.
The association donated two super mini tables to Foundation Nursery School in Ghanzi, a competition table to Xanagas Primary School while Rethuseng High School in Charleshill and Power Master Table Tennis Club in Ghanzi have donated also received a competition table each.
Introducing the gifts, BTTA Development Coordinator Katlego Nkwawweng said they wanted to introduce table tennis at an early age so that students have a solid foundation in the sport and better grasp the basics.
She was of the opinion that her association would not achieve the desired results without continuing education and therefore proposed that they should have training centers to develop table tennis and produce the best athletes.
BTTA President Kudzanani Motswagole underlined the association’s commitment to develop sport across the country and bring it closer to the community.
Motswagole said that currently they are going through a transformation from an amateur code to a professional code.
In this transformation, he said they were sponsored by Phoenix Assurance Group-Botswana as they partnered with STAG International for equipment.
The transformation, he said, offered opportunities for those who played table tennis to see it as something they could make a living from.
“We want to channel more funds in our place, especially towards local development, and we want to produce world-class players.”
He urged coaches to give students the opportunity to choose their athletic path.
Botswana National Sports Commission Project Officer, Fredrick Kabadiretse said grassroots sport development was the way forward.
Kebadiretse said that by targeting students at an early age, BTTA was planting a seed to spark their interest in the hope that one day a champion would emerge.
He said the efforts of the BTTA, especially in the development of the sport, were amazing and would go a long way in ensuring that children are practicing with the right equipment and facilities.
“By the time they start competing, they will have the right skills,” he said.
Deputy Director of Foundation Kindergarten Constance Legere and Sports Master of Rethuseng Secondary School Lephoi Letsenene begged BTTA to organize coaching workshops to equip coaches with the right skills.
Meanwhile, Rethuseng secondary school principal Gertrude Masunga said it was proof that government and the private sector were playing a role in the development of the sport. She added that sport was part of the school curriculum and had to be taken seriously.