Lilongwe City Council (LCC) said it values the process of talent identification among the youth in various sporting fields to motivate individuals with talents to be equipped with relevant skills to become professionals.
LCC Sports Officer, Grace Thera, made the remarks on Saturday during a sports-awareness exercise at Mvunguti Primary School Ground in Area 25, Lilongwe.
Thera said the aim of the awareness exercise was to bring together the youth around Lilongwe City to showcase their various sporting skills and also learn other disciplines of sports.
“We decided to conduct sports-awareness campaign to give chance to the youth from within the city to display their sports skills and also appreciate other sporting activities which are available but rarely practiced,” Thera said.
He added: “Most of the youth are just aware of the common sporting games like football and netball. Through our awareness, we wanted them to have a feel of other sporting games like Bawo which is mostly sidelined as a type of sport.”
Thera said the sports-awareness activity was conducted to identify talented youth of ages between 7 and 25 who she said would be given additional support to polish up their skills in different sports disciplines such as Judo, athletics, volleyball, netball, football and chess.
She added the council’s mission was to identify and promote talents among the youth so that they are recognized and supported.
The sports officer said she was confident the initiative would arouse interest for sports among the youth in the city so that they become professionals.
In his remarks, Central Regional Sports Officer, Isaac Phiri commended Lilongwe City Council for its initiative, saying Malawi Government seeks to promote sports among the youth at grass root level.
Meanwhile, Phiri appealed to the youth in the country to take part in various sporting activities so that they realise their talent and also improve their health well-being.