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Coventry commissions US$31k Gutu tennis court

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Coventry commissions US$31k Gutu tennis court

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ELLEN MLAMBO
MIRROR REPORTER

MASVINGO – Kirsty Coventry who is the Minister of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture last week commissioned a state of the art US$31 000 multi-purpose court at Rafamoyo High School in Gutu that will be used for tennis, volleyball and basketball.
Coventry told The Mirror in an interview after the commissioning that the court, built using Government funds was the first of its kind for any rural school in Gutu District. She said the development is in line with Government policy to deliver standard sports, arts and recreation facilities in the country.
The court will be used by students and the community.
The Minister emphasised that such sporting infrastructure will reduce cases of drug abuse and other social ills as it will give the youth something to occupy themselves with. She said that Government will intensify the provision of sporting facilities by partnering the private sector.
She called on local authorities to identify defunct sporting facilities with a view to upgrading them and allocate more budgets for construction of entertainment facilities for the youth.
Rafamoyo head, Kenford Musakanda who appreciated the construction of the court thanked former Gutu North Constituency MP, Yeukai Simbanegavi for influencing the construction of the court at the school.
Dignitaries who attended the event included Deputy Minister of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Emily Jesaya, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Nicholas Moyo and Masvingo Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Ezra Chadzamira.
“Zimbabwean society is naturally focused on managing diseases, infections, drug abuse, unemployment, mental illness and other conditions affecting the growth and well-being of the society. These costly measures for treating illness and diseases can be circumvented by providing facilities that accord citizens adequate and standard sport, arts and recreation play fields in Zimbabwe.
“Currently my Ministry is in the process of accessing existing private and public sport, arts and recreation infrastructure and facilities across the country, with a view to identify specific infrastructure needs so as to resuscitate and improve them.
“I call upon all local authorities to upgrade existing sport, arts and recreation facilities in their areas of jurisdiction as well as construct more facilities to avail adequate playing space for youths,” she said.
“This state-of-the-art sport facility will serve as a hub for our students and youths to explore their passion for sports, develop their skills and build lasting friendships.
“This facility will also provide a safe and inclusive space for our community to come together, promoting physical activity, team work and healthy lifestyles,” said Musakanda.

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