Enriching football through academics
The Polytechnic of Namibia and the Namibia Football Association this week entered into an agreement that will see the two institutions co-operating towards the establishment of a short course on football management.
The relationship between the two institutions was formalised through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by Polytechnic Rector, Professor Tjama Tjivikua, and the Namibia Football Association, Secretary General, Barry Rukoro.
“We engaged the NFA and reached an agreement with them for people development, as sport is essential for the physical and mental development, especially of young people,” said Professor Tjivikua
The Polytechnic Rector added that the engagement between the two institutions is aimed at fostering and nurturing development in soccer, as well as developing a supportive environment for local athletes and managers to succeed.
Expressing satisfaction over the establishment of the relationship, Rukoro said that the agreement between the two institutions would serve as a platform to take Namibian football to greater heights.
“We are excited about the knowledge which will be gained through this co-operation as this is about laying strong and solid foundations on which to build the future,” said Rukoro.
The Polytechnic and the Namibia Football Association, will also collaborate towards the establishment of a football sports institute or academy. The agreement is the first of its kind in Africa between a football association and an institution of higher education.