Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa), with support from government through Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS), has formulated a five-year strategic plan aimed at revolutionising sports in schools.
Speaking on the sidelines of a two-day stakeholders meeting in Lilongwe, MNSC executive director George Jana said the strategic plan will act as a guideline as to what is to be achieved in the next five years
“In the past, Massa used to carry out their activities without properly focusing on what they wanted to achieve. But through the formulation of this five-year strategic plan, we are trying to come up with proper sports development structure right from the grassroots.
“As MNSC, we commend Massa for coming up with such a brilliant idea and we believe in five years time sports in schools will be vibrant,” said Jana.
Massa vice-president Edmond Chakwira said the formulation of the strategic plan will transform sports in the schools.
“After five years we should expect a lot of sporting discipline, because we are now formulating a strategic plan on what we should do. A lot of learners will take part in various sports codes and, eventually, the country will benefit,” said Chakwira.
Paul Silungwe, sports desk officer in the Department of Sports, also hailed Massa for taking the initiative to have a strategic plan.
“This offers overshot to Massa in running sports in schools. The plan will give direction on what Massa should do to achieve success. Currently, due to lack of proper planning, there are no efficient sports teachers in schools, infrastructure is bad and there is no motivation for learners to participate in sports.
“We need to have good sports facilities and train coaches and that can only be achieved if there is a plan in place,” said Silungwe who was part of the contributors during the formulation of the plan. n