“The community will benefit greatly, especially vulnerable children, in developing physical and psycho-social skills... confidence, decision-making, problem-solving and other important life skills will be enhanced.”
(Limbani Njewa, MTCC Extended Schools Leader)
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“Facilities that provide recreation, cultural and sporting activities help to keep young people busy and occupied… however, a quick availability assessment shows that there is a serious inadequacy for these structures. Where these are available, they are either in a dilapidated state or are largely inaccessible by the youth.”
(‘National Youth Policy’, Government of Malawi, 2013)
The Beehive Sports Pitches will be constructed at the Beehive Main Campus, in Chilomoni, Blantyre, and will serve the St. Kizito Primary School, the MTCC Extended Schools Sports team, a future Secondary school, and – outside of school hours – the local community. It will become an important resource for the local community, providing much-needed designated space in a very densely built-up area for sports education and community sporting activities and events.
Set on a sloped site, the Sports Pitches will comprise two levels; the top level will accommodate a full-size pitch for Basketball and Netball (Netball being the most popular women’s sports in Malawi, with Malawi’s national women’s team currently sitting 6th in the International Netball Federation rankings) and the bottom level will accommodate a ‘MUGA’ (Multi-Use Games Area) suitable for Football, Rugby, Cricket, Tennis, Netball, Badminton, Basketball and Athletics. Both pitches will be sized to international recommendations. A small 1.5m-high revetment wall, faced with local stones, will take up the height difference between the two levels. Directly adjacent to the MUGA, simple ‘tiers’ will be cut into the existing ground, and topped with lawn, providing basic spectator seating for larger events. An external ramp to the East of the Pitches (shared with the Adjacent St. Kizito Primary School) will provide step-free access between the two levels, ensuring that the facility is inclusive to all.