The Gaborone University of College Law and Professional Studies (GUC)’s student athletes collaboration with the Botswana Tertiary Student Sports Association (BOTESSA) has offered a ones in a lifetime opportunity to 11 athletes with an academic scholarships to any department of their choice at the Institution.
The 5 male and 5 female athletes have been given a lifeline in not just pursuing their dreams of attaining professional careers in sports, but also an opportunity to further their education.
FNBB BOTESSA REFEREE COURSE
The Botswana Tertiary Student Sports Association continues its efforts to enhancing students experience has partnered with the Botswana Football Association and organised a one-week refereeing training course for interested Tertiary students.
Inspired to address some of the grey areas that the association was faced with regarding shortage of trained officials in its ecosystem, the aim of the workshop was to train BOTESSA students to be custodians of the laws of the game on the field of play.
FNBB BOTESSA’ interest was to equip the students with management skills on how to communicate with the players and how to handle big temperamental games at local competitions.
The workshop was held in Gaborone at the Botswana Football Association (BFA) Lekedi Football Center and it was officially opened by the BFA Chief Executive Officer, Ms Goabaone Taylor on the 29 June 2021. A total number of Twenty-three (23) participants from BOTESSA member affiliates attended the workshop and Five (5) of them being women. The week long course started on the 28 June- 02 July 2021 with an awarding ceremony at the end where Dr Braun from BFA closed the ceremony. This was the first of its kind where the athletes were fully engaged on the theory and practical approaches of learning and eventually certified as referees. In her word of encouragement to the athletes Ms Boga Chilinde-Masebu, the FNBB Communications and Public Relations Manager said a good referee should be fit, observant, decisive, and will have a strong character without being egotistical.
FNBB BOTESSA ONLINE NETBALL DEVELOPMENT COACHING COURSE
In partnership with Botswana Netball Association (BONA), BOTESSA is currently running an online coaching course for netball coaches. This course is geared towards up-skilling of internal coaches and enrobing new coaches from the BOTESSA membership. The course is scheduled to last for 2 months with two hour sessions every Sunday. The Course started on the 19th of June 2021 and has an overwhelming participation of Fifty-six (56) participants.
FNBB BOTESSA ATHLETE WITH DISSABILITY LEADERSHIP TRAINING
This training was held at Gaborone Technical College on the 5th of June 2021 in partnership with Botswana Special Olympics. The participants were from different institutions such as Gaborone Technical College and Limkokwing University to mention a few. There was a total of 21 student athletes who attended the training rolled out by Special Olympics Botswana. The event was officially opened by Mr Ross Tebele where he commended BOTESSA for addressing issues of inclusiveness as an association. It was a successful event giving motivation to the athletes and assurance from the National Sports Association that there will be support for athletes with disabilities to compete and also be involved as much as possible in sport. There was an awarding ceremony where athletes were awarded certificates.