The coming of Wings of Hope Sporting Club in Kasungu, has given hope to youngsters within the district that they will live their dreams of becoming sporting stars at a tender age.
Founder, Dennis Jones Phiri, said although youngsters are exposed to different sporting activities the club’s main emphasis is athletics.
“Basically it’s a youth sports club that gives the youth a chance to explore different sporting activities and select the one they feel they will excel or where their passion is. However our main team sport is athletics,” he said.
The club was established in 2018 to bring together the youth that reside around Kamuzu Academy in Mtunthama.
“The name bears the word Hope because we want to instill the sense of self-worth giving them hope for the future. We encourage them to take education seriously and they are exposed to role models and good training facilities,” Phiri said.
The founder thanked Kamuzu Academy management for allowing the youth around Mtunthama access their facilities.
“We have about 30 athletes [boys and girls]. When we started in 2018 almost everyone was under 14 but now the average age is increasing and we have started accommodating those that are 16 or 17,” Phiri said.
The club is run by volunteers who are trained in different sport disciplines.
“So far the youth have started well. In their first ever competition girls team emerged number one and boys team finished on third position during national cross country in Mzuzu,” Phiri said.
He said recently the club got a kit donation from the Exeter City, United Kingdom which was delivered to the team by Andrew Hubbard.