Narok gets sports academy – Kenya News Agency
The government, through the Ministry of Sports, is in the process of building a sports academy in the Ololulunga region, in the South Narok sub-county, which will promote and develop the talents of the pastoral community.
Narok South Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Felix Kisalu said construction of the proposed academy will begin before the end of the year on the grounds of the Ololulunga Day Primary School.
Kisalu spoke after welcoming a delegation from the Kenya Sports Academy (KAS) led by Ms. Grace Mitambo and a team from the Narok County Government Sports Department who visited the grounds of the Primary School of ‘Ololulunga.
The proposed academy, he said, is expected to host state-of-the-art football and athletics pitches, where talented young athletes will develop their potential.
A locker room, an office complex, training rooms, an indoor games room, a gymnasium, entertainment blocks and a sanitary block will also be built.
The DCC observed that Narok South was chosen from among nine other sports academies being built around the country, adding that the academy should use sports to strengthen inter-ethnic cohesion between local communities.
He reiterated that the sub-county has experienced inter-ethnic clashes in the past, where young people are used by influential people to provoke skirmishes.
“Young people who have in the past been slowed down and vulnerable to rogue politicians will have a chance to exercise their talents. This should promote peace and cohesion in this region, ”he said.
“There are a lot of young people in our society who are talented but don’t know how to exercise their talent. The academy will be a good platform to develop and develop their talents and give them a chance to compete with other young people from outside the country, ”he said.
The Sports Academy will be one of a kind in all pastoral communities living in Samburu, Kajiado and Narok counties.
The function of the Academy will also include the collection, assembly, storage and dissemination of historical material and immaterial sports material to the public.
By Ann Salaton