Nico Holdings Limited has committed K60 million in a three-year sponsorship towards Blantyre City Mayor’s football and netball competitions.
Eric Chapola Chief Executive Officer of NICO Life speaking on behalf of NICO Group during a symbolic cheque presentation in Blantyre on Thursday, said the city has deep and varied needs and there are wide ranging areas where the corporate world can make a difference in people’s lives.
“Without investing in our youth, our nation and specifically our city’s prospects for a bright future are jaded. In order to develop and strengthen the youth, we need to build their confidence, competence, character, connections and compassion. This sponsorship will help to develop sportsmen and women which will be a huge contribution to football and netball in the country to the extent that we will be competing regionally and internationally,” he said.
Blantyre City Mayor Wild Ndipo said Nico sponsorship was timely as the competition is set to kick off on October 2 2019.
“These trophies will help to develop grass roots sports activities that will unearth talent that one day they become big stars. Nico has made a right choice to work with the council in giving an opportunity to pupils to do what they love doing and become what they want to become in life.
“The Mayor’s Trophy is a nursery which helps unearthing raw talent that can be tapped to play for the national Under-17 team, Super League teams, and even the senior Flames. As for this year, we expect a minimum of 90 schools to participate. 59 are public schools while 31 private schools have also registered, “he said.
The Mayor’s Trophy competition, which currently involves only football and netball, was launched in 1968 with the purpose of developing football and netball in primary schools in the city.