Bakers Inn in drive to donate sports kit

HARARE - Pastry confectioners Bakers Inn has launched a school sports initiative that will see primary and secondary schools being assisted with sporting kits.

Ketan Patel, the Bakers Inn brand and marketing executive, told the Daily News that the program will mostly benefit schools in high density suburbs as they have less chances of developing certain sports.

“Bakers Inn has always been supporting rugby and as such we have been working with Sevens Rugby which provides some coaching clinic with schools in high density suburbs to introduce the sport to the children,” Patel said.

He said though they provide rugby coaching, their main sports are soccer and netball in order to provide kits for both sexes.

Patel indicated that the company would be scouting for sporting tournaments that they can sponsor across the country.

“Sport is so important because it encourages children to be active and lead a healthy lifestyle. Sport develops confidence and a sense of achievement, it teaches young people how to rise to the challenge, and nurtures the character and skills that will help them get on and succeed,” Patel said.

He also emphasised that in these turbulent economic times, it is difficult for parents and schools to fund sports uniforms, hence money being set aside from bread sales to fund the program.

Douglas Magonya, the Northern Region Head of Sales at Bakers Inn, said with the help from the ministry of sport, arts and culture, they hope to provide further opportunities to develop sports.

“Bakers Inn aims to play a critical role in inspiring a generation of youngsters to play sport by providing them with opportunities to take part in competitive school sports,” Magonya said.

“In the past we have introduced talented athletes to high level competition, and with the help of the sport and education governing bodies, we hope to provide further opportunities to compete and develop talent.”

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