The state of the art University of Botswana (UB) Campus Indoor Sport Centre has brought hope to further help in the growth of local sport. Officially opening the facility on Monday, President Ian Khama said the centre will provide numerous benefits to the growth of Botswana sport. The multi-purpose facility has six gymnasiums that include martial arts, aerobics, strength training and cardio. There are also four squash courts and the 3,418 seating capacity arena that provides the playing surface, stage and a jogging track. The arena can be used for different sports like netball, basketball, table tennis, boxing, badminton and many other indoor sports.
The UB indoor sport centre will also be home to the Department of Culture, Sports & Recreation, Physical Education Health and Recreation with laboratories where scientific study of sport will be carried out. Khama said such a high performance centre will help to reduce the huge sums of money that Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) and Botswana National Olympics Committee (BNOC) have been paying for athletes taken for performance analysis and conditioning outside the country. “The establishment of a campus indoor high performance centre means athletes will now be analysed and conditioned locally. Incidentally, the centre will also assist the country in monitoring and grooming young upcoming talented athletes,” said Khama. The president is happy that with the addition of the indoor facility UB has now become a sport hub.
The university boasts of a stadium, world class swimming pool, netball courts, softball field, hand ball courts, volleyball courts, tennis courts and baseball courts. Khama urged the university management to ensure that the facilities were used to the benefit of the nation. The Minister of Education and Skills Development Dr Unity Dow went on record to say the centre is not only for UB, adding that the sports centre is for the rest of the nation to benefit from. The centre will next year host the U-21 World Youth Netball Cup.