Youth focused sport development structures in Botswana.
Kemoeng, Kagiso K.
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.
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This study served the purpose of critically analysing the current sports development structures in Botswana particularly focused on youth. The study, indeed, identified some shortcomings in the general sports development structures in Botswana, and has accordingly recommended solutions in the identified areas. Semi-structured interviews and questionnaires were used to collect data for this work. Further information was obtained from secondary sources such as books, policies, constitutions and other available documents. Although the study made several interesting revelations, the findings confirmed the initial hypothesis that youth sports structures in Botswana are not supportive to the general development of sport in the country. The existing structures in the schools are largely competition-centred. No formal youth sports development structures exist for youth outside the school. Generally, the interest in sport is focused on competition for the elite with very little effort, if any, given to grass-roots development. Some goodwill and worthwhile effort have, however, been detected in some organisations. These gestures have to be built on, and the recommendations that conclude this work should augment them. The recommendations also include areas of further research, as the study clearly identifies the need for informed prograrnmes and decisions, backed by research findings. It is hoped that the findings of this study will be found useful by the government, sports authorities, and other stakeholders in general in Botswana.
MA Sports Development and Coaching Thesis
- Masters Degrees (Sport) 
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