Regionalisation grants amounting to Rs 20.4 million were disbursed yesterday in favour of football clubs of the Mauritius Football Association National Leagues during a ceremony organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports at Citadelle Mall, Port Louis. The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Stephan Toussaint, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Maubarakahmad Boodhun, representatives of football clubs, and other personalities were present on that occasion.
The grants will enable football clubs to meet their day-to-day expenses and, at regional level, organise competitions, training sessions and improve the standards of coaches and players.
In his address, Minister Toussaint highlighted that Mauritius is one of the few countries in the world where Government allocates grants to football clubs. He pointed out that the Ministry, together with other stakeholders, is laying emphasis on training so that youth can later join clubs and compete in different leagues. Grants, he underscored, will also be allocated to clubs involved in other disciplines, including volleyball, basketball and handball, among others.
A total of 38 football clubs benefitted from grants from the Ministry as follows:
• 10 Super League clubs: Rs 12 million;
• 8 First Division clubs: Rs 4 million;
• 8 Second Division clubs: Rs 3.2 million; and
• 12 Regional clubs: Rs 1.2 million.
The Minister also spoke of the National Sports and Physical Activity Policy, launched in August 2018, with the vision of developing healthier citizens, and a stronger nation. As part of the policy, Rs 38 million will be invested to formulate sports and physical activity programmes in view of motivating and encouraging regular participation of children, youth, adults and senior citizens.
The policy rests on the following: promoting activities to provide physical, mental, emotional and social experiences for all ages; improving the standards of coaches and tutors; increasing accessibility, and implementing a sports infrastructure maintenance policy; improving performance of elite sportspersons; and identifying processes to be put in place to evaluate the short, medium and long-term effectiveness of funding programmes and schemes in sports.
Source: Government of Mauritius