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Hub Sites

Increasing Capacity – Developing Leaders – Engaging Communities – Making an Impact

Through the Volunteer Zambia project the Wallace Group is supporting a partnership between Sport In Action, the National Sports Federations and Sports Associations to develop a network of Community Sport Hub Sites across the whole of Zambia.

Run in the community, by the community, for the communitythe aim is to establish sustainable programmes that widen the impact of sport, but also provide pathways for young Zambians to enrich their lives through participation, leadership and education.

What is a Community Sport Hub Site?

A hub site is a central venue within the community, offering sport specific training and competition. Located, owned and run within the community they serve, the sites are focused on the creation of pathways, the empowerment and development of young individuals within the community (primarily women and girls), and have an underlying focus on sustainability.

Sport Development
Partnerships are key to the sustainability and development of sport in Zambia.

The hub-sites have partnered with Netball Association of Zambia, and Midlands Basketball Association.

Sport for Development
The hub-sites have a very large capacity and this enables use to reach many children through sport plus activity through SIA and other local partners including drug enforcement and NOWSPAR.

Competition is a key reason why youth want to be involved in sports. They want to showcase their learned skills and play in games. Having frequent league games and tournaments at the hub-sites keeps the participants engaged.

Cross hub-site events also happen and are a great way to widen the relationships made between participants.

Hub Sites are located, owned, and managed by the community in which they serve. They are run by a Hub Site Coordinator and managed by a leadership committee, formed from a group of committed individuals from the community who have shown an interest in the initiative.

These are often teachers, coaches, and guardians who are already contributing directly through a group participating at the hub site, and who wish for greater involvement.

The Hub Site Coordinator oversees all activity within the hub site and is supported by a leadership team who help with the running and progress of the hub.

Members of the committee have their own individual areas of responsibility, which provide a pathway for people to develop their skills as leaders, coaches, officials or managers.

Collectively they come together to ensure effective delivery of a programme that is tailored for their community. Each member of the team has to be accountable to and for each other for success; ensuring sport is now sustainable in these communities.

Current hub sites?

In the space of only 6 months we have helped to implement hubs in the following areas…

  • Kalingalinga Netball
  • Chibolya Netball
  • Chawama Netball
  • Mtendere Netball
  • Matero Netball
  • Kaunda Square Netball
  • Olympafrica Netball
  • Munali Girls Basketball
  • Kabwata Basketball
  • Kafue Basketball
  • Munali Volleyball
  • John Howard Netball

Future hub sites?

It is hoped that new sites will be developed within the following communities:

  • Chipata Netball
  • Ellensdale Netball
  • Chongwe Basketball
  • Matero Basketball
  • Livingstone Netball