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