With Notwane Club celebrating its Golden Jubilee this year, officials are promising to revitalise all sporting affiliates. Notwane Club, which was formed in 1965, has different sporting sections that include Notwane Netball Club, Notwane Tennis Club and Notwane Football Club.
The celebrations come at a time when some of these affiliates such as Notwane FC are struggling to perform well the leadership see this as an opportunity to revive the team. Since their formation Notwane FC are among the few teams in the premier league that have never relegated but in recent years the team has struggled to live to known standards.
When addressing the media this week, Notwane club President Batshani Ndaba said they have a number of events lined leading to their actual celebration in September 2015. Ndaba said they will commence with the implementation of the 2015/2016 Club Development Plan which will help to improve the performance of the affiliates.
He said they want to see all their clubs, especially the football side, go back to their glorious days. In addition to this, the club is also looking at establishing more sporting codes under its wing to add to the three that already exist. These, according to Ndaba, include basketball and volleyball among others.
The official opening of the Golden Jubilee celebrations will start on the 2nd of May 2015 with an opening Fundraising Concert at Notwane Club House. There will also be competitions such as the Notwane Tennis Challenge as well as in football, basketball volleyball and golf. “All this is meant to encourage the formation of new sport sections under the parent Notwane Club,” explained Ndaba, who is also the chairman of the organising committee.
Vice chairperson of the organising committee Raj Rathedi also revealed that Notwane FC legends will also have a chance to show what they used to do in the pitch during the celebrations. He said they have invited Bulawayo Highlanders to be part of the celebrations bringing with them their legends football team.
Ndaba explained that the club was formed because in the past there was a need for a social centre for Batswana to take part in sport. He said it was established with a foresight to develop sport in the country through volunteerism. Ndaba is, however, concerned that this spirit of volunteerism is slowly dying and is affecting the growth of sport locally.
“We are now struggling because people are now hooping around looking for opportunities for themselves rather than building sport in Botswana,” exclaimed Ndaba. He therefore urged Batswana to bring back this spirit of volunteerism to revive sport in Botswana. He also called on sponsors to come on board and play their role in the development of sport in Botswana.
Notwane football club used to be one of the successful teams in the country with strong developmental programmes that saw a number of players produced by the club. However, in recent year the success is fading away even with the wealth of land they have. Nonetheless according to Ndaba this is about to come to an end as they now moving to revive the state of all their sport sections.
“We are starting the re-constitution of all the sporting sections of the Club, laying down direction on their organisation structure and operational policies,” said Ndaba. He further explained that this will be followed by relevant in-house leadership training seminars designed to improve the quality of their group leaders and office bearers. He believes that all this will revive the glory days of all the teams.