Sports teachers from Lilongwe Urban Primary Schools are undergoing a three-week-long Futbolnet coaching course at the Kamuzu Institute of Sports.
The course, which is being facilitated by Noel Chiwala from the Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC), has drawn 25 teachers.
MOC board member Dennis Kumwenda said the Futbolnet concept is one of the 14 projects that MOC is implementing in the country through the Olympafrica.
“The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has entered in partnership with FC Barcelona to implement the Futbolnet Project. This is an exciting project that will bring the joy of sport and competition to pupils. While enjoying sport, they will also learn the values that make sport such a powerful tool in the fields of development and education,” said Kumwenda.
He said the concept was introduced in Malawi in 2014.
“Since then, we have trained over 60 teachers and we have played regional tournaments in Zimbabwe twice. We have organised a tournament involving schools from which we plan to form a national team that will again participate at a regional tournament in Zambia on April 12,” said Kumwenda.
Under the Futbolnet, children are taught values such as respect, commitment, effort, teamwork, responsibility, and tolerance.
One of the participants, former Kamuzu Barracks coach Kenwood Nkhoma, said he is looking forward to learning the Barcelona philosophy.
“As you know, Barcelona play some entertaining and attacking football and they are very disciplined. I am looking forward to learning that,” he said. n