June 2018 Chitipa Cricket ProjectAndrew Bottomer, July 2018.
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 was officially opened by the Chitipa District Education Manager on in June 2018 and is now fully operational. It is the first cricket cage and net in Northern Malawi.
The Chitipa Cricket Union contributed 20 % of the 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.
Chitipa Sports Development ProjectAndrew Bottomer, September 2019
With the £500 grant from Friends of Malawi Association (FOMA) we were able to build 4 sets of mini football goals to support the U12 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.
6 of the 11 football clubs in Chitipa were represented at the courseaand 15 Youth Coaches (9 boys and 6 girls) successfully completed the training.
At the end of the course, the 9 trained male coaches held a very successful 6 team 8-a-side U12 festival.
The Female Coaches also held a two hour long training session with over 100 U12 girls.
Chitipa Sports Development ProjectAndrew Bottomer, October 2020
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 (cost 400,000 MK). The local coaches will be delivering the training courses and monitoring the follow up activities throughout 2021.