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Debswana Re Ba Bona Ha is a grassroots sports development Project of the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) is targeting children of years 5 to 15 in different sporting disciplines. The phrase Re Ba Bona Ha literally translated means “We see them here”, meaning this is where we identify the future stars.

The goal of the programme is to identify talent and develop it while the objectives of the programme are:

  • Introduce children to sport at a tender age and develop their athletic abilities

  • To increase children and youth participation opportunities in sport, recreation and physical activity in a sustainable manner.

  • To attract and retain young people in sport and instil a sense of pride

  • To develop and build capacity of youth coaches to enhance provision of quality coaching

The BNSC Board took a decision to transfer the implementation of the Project to National Sport Associations in 2013. The BNSC Secretariat now focuses on funding, overall

supervision, monitoring and evaluation of the Project. National Sport Associations (NSA) are expected to draw up grassroots development plans based on the prescriptions of their international federations. This is meant to guide the implementation of the project in all the centres.

The Project was first introduced in 2002 as a pilot Project and in 2003 as a fully-fledged Project. It was first piloted with football as a project in four identified centres in Gaborone in 2002. It was then rolled out to Francistown, Selebi-Phikwe, Molepolole and Lobatse in 2003 and Maun in 2004, still restricted to Football, at that point the management of the Project was transferred to the Botswana Football Association (BFA). Due to the rising need to identify and nurture talent in Botswana, the success of the project led to a roll out to other centres, and other NSA's. This led to Volleyball coming on board in 2006 and Athletics in 2007.

For more information download our newsletter Issue 1 |September 2018