Kwale Deputy Governor, Fatuma Achani has said Kwale County is currently working on a Sh450 million stadium and other sporting facilities in the region to enable youths get a platform to improve their sporting talents.
Achani said that the devolved unit has been providing sports kits to the 20 wards across the county and equipment that help teams on the ground to practice and keep physically fit.
The county’s second in command noted, under the stewardship of Governor Salim Mvurya, the administration has ensured sports activities are uplifted across the county by investing significantly in the department of sports to nurture more talents since 2013.
She said that the agenda of the government is to nurture talents to reach national and international levels, adding, the county administration has seen potential players and teams from Kwale perform better in national competitions.
Mrs. Achani said this while gracing Taru Volleyball Tournament conducted at Eden Rocks Grounds in Taru, MacKinnon Ward Road in Kinango sub-county.
The Deputy Governor, who was the guest of honour, was accompanied by Kinango MP Benjamin Dalu Tayari, together with area MCA Joseph Danda.
Tayari urged the youth to engage in sports activities and keep off from the drug menace that has hit the larger percentage of the youth in the coastal region.
“We want to encourage our youth to focus on sports, being one of the ways to keep them busy and avoid indulging in drugs and substance abuse,” said Tayari.
The tournament was organized by Smashers and the Community of Taru, bringing together volleyball teams to showcase their talents. Teams from Taita Taveta, Kilifi and Kwale counties participated in the tournament.
The Smashers from Taru (Kwale) emerged winners in a tough match against Mariakani Police (Kilifi). The smashers won by two sets to nil.
Winners and participating teams received sports kits (trophies, jerseys, and balls) and monetary prizes.
By Hussein Abdullahi