New bill to create Sports Academies in every constituency tabled
Nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi tables bill to create Sports Academies in every constituency
Kenya Sports Academy graphic renders
Lack of good sporting facilities has been hampering dreams of many talented Kenyans who could easily be self-employed thus help abate unemployment among youths and provide a source of foreign income.
In recognition of this, Nominated MP Osotsi Godfrey has tabled a bill in Parliament seeking to have the central government fund a sports academy in every constituency through the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts.
Osotsi, who is also Secretary General of the Amani National Congress (ANC) party , wants the section 33(4) of the Sports Act of 2013 that establishes the Kenya Academy of Sports fully operationalized in all constituencies as Article 6(3) of the Constitution provides that “a national State organ shall ensure reasonable access to its services in all parts of the Republic”.
Already, the Government has established The Kenya Academy of Sports as a state corporation whose mandate includes; establishing and managing sports training academies, Organizing, administering and coordinating sports courses for technical and sports administration personnel, promoting research and development of talent in sports and collecting, collating, storing and disseminating tangible and intangible historical sports material to the public, sports organizations, researchers and institutions of learning.
The Kenya Academy of Sports setup FC Talanta as a sports incubator that sought to identify, nurture and develop talent among the youth of Kenya.
An academy set on 100 acres on the southern wing of Kasarani Complex is also under construction. When the Sports Academy is completed, it will boast of an auditorium, a multi-purpose sports hall, hostel, five-star hotel, administration block, apartments for elite sportsmen and a six-lane aquatic training facility.
A cricket ground, six football pitches and three rugby grounds, bowling facility and outdoor courts for basketball, volleyball and tennis are also being put up at the facility.
This is what Godfrey Osotsi ‘s motion below, moved at the floor of the House on Wednesday 25th April, seeks to replicate in all constituencies albeit at a lower scale.
MOTION – ESTABLISHMENT OF SPORTS ACADEMIES IN EVERY CONSTITUENCY (The Hon. Osotsi Godfrey, M.P.)
“ THAT, aware of the socio-economic benefits of sports; recognizing that sports can, and does, make great and positive economic, health, and social and cultural impacts on individuals, communities and wider society; further aware that sports can be a major source of employment and foreign exchange earnings in the Kenya with potential to improve the country’ economy on a large scale, if it well harnessed; deeply concerned that the standards of sports in Kenya in many disciplines remain low due to among other things, inadequate investment, scouting and nurturing of talent; cognizant that Section 33(4) of the Sports Act, 2013 establishes the Kenya Academy of Sports, and further Section 34(a) of the Act provides that the functions of the Academy shall be to among other things, establish and manage sports training academies; appreciating that Article 6(3) of the Constitution provides that a national State organ shall ensure reasonable access to its services in all parts of the Republic, so far as it is appropriate to do having regard to the nature of the service, this House urges that the Government through the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts to establish sports academies in every Constituency"