BNSC Affiliations

Establishment of BNSC  


Historical Background

The Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) was established in 1965 with the Botswana National Football Association (BNFA) as its only member Affiliate. The BNSC being an independence organization relied on private donors for funding and largely on the Bechuanaland National Sports Appeal Fund (BENSAF) which also came into existence in 1965(B.Masala on Sports in Botswana: E.O. Owolabi &Thomas Adolph 1996).BENSAF, as the name suggest, was entrusted with raising funds from within the country and internationally; with a mission to construct sports facilities and source equipment. It was through the donations and self-help initiatives that Botswana saw its first National Stadium completed and officially opened in September 1966.

In the same year, BNSC recognized the existence of Botswana Lawn Tennis Associations (BNLTA).Both BNFA and BNLTA benefited from BENSAF fundraising efforts. Between the two, BNFA activities were more dominant. Since there was no truly national league, football activities were organized by individual clubs, who often invited teams from neighboring countries. In the course of time, some Individual clubs became disgruntled with the BNFA, affecting the general administration and organization of football in the country. By 1972 these problems led to a Commission of Enquiry into the affairs of BNFA.

A major outcome of the Commission was the enactment of the BNSC  in 1975 (BNSC Act Cap 60:01), as a regulatory mechanism, whose primary provision was to ensure that all sports clubs, associations and Federations fall under the control of one umbrella body, Botswana National Sport Commission . The Act was revised in 1981. According to the Act, BNSC is the supreme custodian of sports in Botswana whose strength and growth manifests in the number of affiliates and the level of established links with international sports bodies.

The BNSC is the government’s arm of extending resources to various sports Associations and Federations through the Ministry Of Youth Empowerment Sport and Culture Development (MYESC) whose major responsibilities in its relations with BNSC include: financial support, liaising with other government Ministries and departments and above all, policy formulation for though some affiliates of the BNSC were established before the Council Act, e.g. BNLTA (1964) BNFA (1966) and Men’s Golf Union (1972). Despite this,these three became affiliated to the council upon the promulgation of the Council statute in 1975.

BNSC is a member of the African Union Sport Council (AUSC),and falls in the Region 5. The Council is linked to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) through the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC).


According to the BNSC Act, the Objects of the Commission shall be to promote Sport within Botswana and participation of Sport outside Botswana.

Mandate and Functions

The Botswana National Sport Commission Act has however extended and specified the mandate of the sporting body corporate on among others; matters of women and sport, professional sport, sport for people with disabilities, recreational sport as well as anti-doping within sport.


The National Sports and Recreation Policy outlines the mandate of the Botswana National Sports Commission as follows:

Coordination and Facilitation

Coordinate and facilitate implementation of sport development programmes as initiated by the national sports associations in accordance with the National Sports and Recreation Policy.

Coordinate development of short, medium and long term planning on sport development.

Adopt approved standards of coaching, administration, and management in all areas of sport delivery in line with international practice in sport.

Ensure that the primary delivery of sport takes place at and through the national sports and recreation associations.


Ensure that national sports associations decentralize their management structures in order to facilitate sport development throughout the country.

Forge links with international sports bodies and technical cooperation assistance bodies.

Sport facilities development and management


Coordinate all sport facilities requirements by the national sport association.

Manage the sports facilities in line with the agreed terms and conditions by Government.

Resource mobilization and appropriation


Coordinate requests for budget for sport and recreation development from the national sport associations.

Monitor, distribute and account for the Government subvention on sports development through the development of an effective internal system.

Assist the national sports associations with a strategic approach towards resource mobilization.

Provide and manage administrators and technical personnel for selected sports disciplines.

Sports Promotion

Create linkages with the media, sponsors, private sector and other stakeholders in the promotion of sport.

International Competition

Determine criteria for participation in regional, continental and international competitions by Botswana teams.

Prepare Botswana athletes for international competitions in Collaboration with the Botswana National Olympic Committee and national sport associations; with the latter as lead agents.


Vision Statement

“Sport for all, for excellence and prosperity"


Mission Statement

“To lead, develop and implement an innovative sport delivery system by promoting sport participation and excellence”


Core Values



Effective Communication






"Earn your Stripes"

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