Chitipa Sports Project was founded by Andy Bottomer from the UK to help improve the delivery of sports in Northern Malawi through working with local sports trainers.

2018: £500 to help with the creation of a cricket cage for the Chitipa Cricket Project.

With funds from The Friends of Malawi Association (FOMA) we managed to construct a cricket cage with a net (donated by Durant Cricket UK). It is the first cricket cage and net in Northern Malawi.

Andrew Bottomer, CHITIPA SPORTS, July 2018.
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The Chitipa Cricket Union contributed 20 % of the total project cost through funding from the Malawi Cricket Union (the governing body of cricket in Malawi). They also supported 26 teachers from Kawale Zone to attend a 6 day cricket coaching course delivered by two Malawi Cricket Academy coaches.  

The Cricket Net was officially opened by the Chitipa District Education Manager in June 2018 and is now fully operational.

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Official opening of the cricket cage
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The group celebrating with the donated equipment
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Cricket training group
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The cricket coaches and the sports development teams
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Donated cricket equipment
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2019: £500 to help with the construction of 4 mini football goals to support the Football Development Project

In September 2019 I visited Chitipa for 10 days to deliver a Young Football Leader’s Training Course with local football coach, Wachisa Munkhondijah. We were able to use the 4 football goals in the football tournament.

6 of the 11 football clubs in Chitipa were represented at the course and 15 Youth Coaches (9 boys and 6 girls) successfully completed the training.

Andrew Bottomer, CHITIPA SPORTS, SEpt 2019


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The group with their coaching certificates
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Teaching on the course

At the end of the course, the 9 trained male coaches held a very successful 6 team 8-a-side U12 festival.

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The Female Coaches also held a two hour long training session with over 100 U12 girls. 

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Girls football training session
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2020: £500 to construct a further 4 goals for the Football Development Project.

Although the Covid situation has meant a postponement to the plans, the £500 FOMA grant will be spent on making 4 new sets of football goals for the Under 12 football project.

Andrew Bottomer, CHITIPA SPORTS, October 2020

The local coaches will be delivering the training courses and monitoring the follow up activities throughout 2021.

Football pitch awaiting the goal posts

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