June 2018 Chitipa Cricket ProjectAndrew Bottomer, July 2018.
Inputs of the project which were written in January 2018 and the actual achievements made in June 2018.
1. To build on the work being done this year and expand the training to the other 13 educational zones in the district. 42 active primary sports teachers (3 per each the 14 educational zones) will be invited to attend three days of softball cricket coaching with the aim to target children between 8-12 years old.
Due to lack of funds we were only able to hold a softball cricket coaching course in one zone (Kawale). 26 teachers attended a 2 day softball practical coaching course which involved fun warm ups, fixed and variable practices and team games. These trained teachers then organised a 6 team Under 13 mixed softball ‘pairs cricket’ festival which 75 children attended.
2. To build on the introductory sessions being held by Rowland in Kawale zone to establish an interest in hardball cricket amongst children between 10-12 years old by inviting 28 primary sports teachers from Kawale zone (2 per each of the 14 schools) to attend a two day hardball cricket coaching course.
In January 2018 I managed to get The Malawi Cricket Union, the governing body of cricket in Malawi, to support cricket in Chitipa. The same 26 teachers from Kawale Zone attended a 6 day hardball cricket coaching course (in Feb and June 2018) delivered by 2 Malawi Cricket Academy coaches.
3. To construct a 10 m x 3 m x 3.5 m cricket cage and net. The cage will be made locally at a fraction of the UK price and the local economy will be supported.
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 27/6/2018 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.
4. To donate to each of the 14 educational zones a bag of softball cricket equipment to enable them to train the other schools and hold mini festivals in their zone. The equipment will be kept at the Teacher Development Centre in each zone.
We only managed to collect 5 softball kit bags which were sent to Chitipa. One bag is at the Chitipa District Sports Office. The other 4 bags were distributed to 4 clusters of schools in Kawale Zone to help with continued training and festivals, as a follow up to the June 2018 softball training course.
5. To donate 2 hardball junior cricket kit bags to the Chitipa District Sports Office to enable further training and events.
2 full kit bags have been donated to Chitipa. The Malawi Cricket Union, Alnwick Cricket Club, Rock CC and The Lord’s Taverners in the UK were the donors.
Chitipa Sports Development ProjectAndrew Bottomer, September 2019
In September 2019 I visited Chitipa for 10 days to deliver a Young Football Leader’s Training Course. Local football coach Wachisa Munkhondijah supported me on the course. He had previously attended a basic football coaching course I had delivered in 2017 and was easily able to deliver parts of the course.
In Chitipa town there are 11 football clubs who have a senior, U17 and U14 teams. Our plan was to select 2 x U17 players from each club who would be trained. Following the training they would train an U12 team from their club and organise the first ever U12 league to compliment what is already happening in the older age groups.
There is only one women’s club/team in Chitipa (Nyabinge Queens) so we wanted to train some Youth Coaches who would then hold training for U12 girls and form a league in due course.
- Feedback on the 2018 FOMA donation
In 2018 FOMA supported the project with £500 to construct a cricket cage, two mini football goals and an adjustable netball post. These items have been well looked after and are being used regularly.
- Young Football Leader’s Training Course.
6 of the 11 clubs were represented at the course. The course was 15 hours long and spread over 5 days because of school commitments of the participants. 15 Youth Coaches (9 boys and 6 girls) successfully completed the course.
- U12 Football Festival.
On Day six the 9 trained male coaches held a very successful 6 team 8 a side U12 festival.
White Movers FC Nyabinge Warriors Young K Rangers
Real Stars FC Santos FC Namuyemba
- U12 Girls Football Training
On Day six the 9 Young Female Coaches held a two hour long training session with over 100 U12 girls.
- Construction of mini football goals
With a £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.
- Equipment donation
25 x size 4 footballs and 6 x U12 kits were donated to support the project.
Follow Up Activities planned until Sept 2020
- 28th September – a Review meeting was held to review the course and plan the organisation of the U12 league.
- October – November 2019 the 1st round of the U12 football competition will be held.
- March 2020 – Wachisa Munkhondijah will deliver the course to another 20 potential Youth Coaches. We hope the 5 teams who didn’t take part in the first course will join this time.
- March –April 2020 the 2nd round of the U12 football competition will be held.
- July 2020 – Wachisa Munkhondijah will deliver the course to another 20 potential Youth Coaches.
- July – August 2020 the 3rd round of the U12 football competition will be held.
- September 2020 – I will visit again and do some training with the whole group of trained Youth Coaches. Plans for 2021 will be made.