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Barclays Bank contributes to the growth of sports in Botswana

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Gaborone, Botswana, August 15 (Infosplusgabon) - Barclays Bank Botswana will sponsor Botswana Premier League football for the league 2019/2020 season.

 

Speaking at official Botswana Football Association (BFA) Sponsorship Launch 2019 with the theme ‘Bringing possibilities to life’ in the capital city of Gaborone on the evening of 14 August 2019, Barclays Bank Managing Director, Keabetswe Pheko-Moshagane, said they have challenged themselves to identify new means of enriching  communities to augment what they as an organisation have contributed over the years.

 

“I am pleased to announce that we have come on board as the official financial partner for the Botswana Football Association. It will enable us to continue living up to our objective of bringing possibilities to life in Botswana,” said the Barclays Bank Managing Director.

 

She said their partnership with BFA will see them sponsoring the Botswana Premier League through the BFA to the tune of about US$ 6,860,444.08 over the next two football seasons, starting with the current season.

 

In addition, Barclays Bank, in partnership with BFA, will fund a Corporate Social Investment programme for US$120,000 which is a crucial part of the US$ 6,860,444.08 sponsorship.

 

The program includes providing mentorship and coaching clinics in 200 schools nationwide in addition to donating indestructible balls to the schools.

 

She said: "The fundamental criteria that we will be using to select these schools will be a deliberate decision to ensure that the bank reaches the most rural and remote schools across the various districts in Botswana.

 

“As a product of great mentorship through the various stages in my career and this program is something that I hold very close to my heart.  As a young adult, I did not get to see many women taking up roles in the technology field and excelling in my chosen field, but I was privileged enough to have people push and nudge me to do even better with every goal I set for myself."

 

She said it is her sincere belief that most children in the country have everything it takes within them to become successful adults, most times all they need is a nudge and some encouragement from a mentor and this programme will make a generational impact.

 

Efforts aimed at grooming young talents that have been initiated by the Ministry through the Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) and Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) are commendable and have contributed immensely to the development of young talent and evidently, the future of football.

 

“We hope that our relationship will assist and support them in their vision and mission in providing an effective football delivery system.  I would also like to acknowledge the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, your efforts and commitment to the growth of the sports fraternity goes without saying and is admirable to say the least,” said Pheko-Moshagane.

 

The President of Botswana, Dr. Mokgweetsi Masisi, who also graced the event, said football is one of the powerful universal languages and it can boost tourism in the country.

 

“Private sector investment in sport is very important, cooperate formation must include sport. The Botswana government has allocated US$18 million to boost sports in the country and international,” said the President of Botswana.

 

Dr. Masisi said he has invited the Liberian national team for a friendly game with the Botswana national team, The Zebras, during the upcoming Botswana independent celebration on 30 September, 2019.

 

 

 

 

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