Botswana Football Association (BFA) president Maclean Letshwiti has applauded the Joy Foundation for its continued sports development efforts in the country through robust grassroots programme. Letshwiti said grassroots development was expensive and hence called for involvement of all stakeholders. He said this on Thursday at the donation of soccer boots for grassroots players by Joy Foundation. The foundation donated 50 soccer boots which will be given to young players of 7-18 years around the country. More soccer boots are expected with time. The founder of Joy Foundation, Joy Setshedi, said another 100 sets will be handed over in December this year. Setshedi said they are aim to donate 2000 soccer boots by the end of March 2017. Letshwiti applauded the generous gesture of the Joy Foundation, saying it will go a long way in complementing BFA’s strategy. “BFA alone cannot manage this. Everyone must join in and contribute anything that they can to help grow local football,” said Letshwiti.
The soccer boots, which will be distributed around the country by Botswana Post which is in partnership with the Joy Foundation, will be won through a call-in competition that will be run in Radio Botswana. RB 1 representative Sakaeyo Jane explained that the young players will have to call-in during any sport programme and answer a simple question for them to win the boots. Botswana Post’s Corporate Strategy and External Relations Manager Mokoko Gaboutloeloe said the company is committed to the development of sports in the country. Gaboutloeloe said they are therefore happy to be part of this initiative. In the arrangement Botswana Post will make sure that the soccer boots are delivered to any child who will win wherever they are around the country. The main concept of Joy Foundation, which was founded in 2011, is to enable youth between the ages of 7 and 18 years follow their dream in sports. Setshedi said they are not only looking at football but all other codes. “We exist to help not only football but all other sporting codes. We are still waiting for them to come to us to ask for help and we will help them”. The Foundation is currently in the process of building a fully-fledged sport academy to contribute meaningfully to sport development. The BFA is currently in the process of unveiling a development league at all BFA regions. BFA Technical Director Benny Kgomela said they have already identified the teams that will participate in the youth development league.