PE to showcase WSI recreational facility


Ndamu Sandu

ALL roads lead to Prince Edward School tomorrow for the showcasing of local sports consultant firm, Worldmark Sports International (WSI)’s newly-acquired sporting and recreat

ional facility in Mhangura and Alaska.


The multi-million dollar facility is a joint partnership between WSI and Belgian-based Euro Club Services (ECS).


As part of the grand plan, experts in coaching would join the academy to train local coaches on coaching techniques.


With an injection of US$50 000, the facility will work in partnership with the responsible sports controlling bodies in the country such as the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa), Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU), Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU), Tennis Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe Professional Golfers Association (ZPGA).


The facility, which was given a thumbs-up by partners ESC, would be responsible for identifying talent in the country and market various sporting disciplines.


It would have a 15 000-seater stadium with athletic tracks, Olympic size swimming pool, state-of-the-art tennis court and a 9-hole golf course.

Students would be housed at the facility.


WSI chief executive officer Temba Mliswa told IndependentSport this week that the occasion would be graced by the “who’s who” of the corporate world, members of sporting associations as well as the Minister of Education, Sport and Culture, Aeneas Chigwedere.


“Members of the corporate world as well as minister Chigwedere have confirmed their participation,” Mliswa said.


He however said WSI was yet to confirm the presence of a high-powered delegation of business partners from ECS.


The delegation was scheduled to arrive in the country last month to evaluate the progress made so far in the ambitious venture.


“We are still to get information from Belgium,” Mliswa said on Wednesday.

Members of the delegation would have included chief executive officer Gino Laureyssen on a mission to discuss possible opportunities to explore and develop sports through partnerships.


Other members of the expected delegation include Roland Kayaert who specialises in sports media and broadcasting, Declerq and Kine Lieven Maeschalk (sports medicine), Laureyssen (sports marketing organisation), Francios Laureyssen (ticketing and boarding) and Pierre Lano (turf tracks).


Mliswa said Lano, the chief executive officer of Lano Carpets Ltd, a renowned carpeting firm worldwide would be in the country to look at putting artificial turf in Mhangura.


Lano Carpets Ltd controls the world in artificial turf carpeting and holds a Federation of International Football (Fifa) licence.


The turf project in Mhangura, estimated to be worth US$300 000, would be a sight for the whole of Africa.

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