Construction Starts For Maun’s Padel Tennis Courts

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  • Maun BMC Sports Club, Stanbic partner to construct first padel courts

Maun BMC Sports Club, an affiliate of Botswana Tennis Association has partnered with Stanbic Bank, as the sponsor for the construction of the first ever padel tennis courts in Maun. The courts are being constructed at the Maun BMC Sports Club in Maun.

The project which is expected to cost P700 000 has since commenced and is expected to be completed within a period of three months. The ground-breaking took place on the 6th March 2024. Stanbic Bank is supporting the project to the tune of over P500 000.

Maun BMC Sports Club Chairperson, Charlotte Gibson told Times Sport that the project will fulfil the Club’s constitutional objective of promoting sports activities in Maun for the youth and wider community.

She further highlighted that the padel courts will not only be the first for Maun, but the first in the Northern Botswana. She noted, currently there are only two padel courts in the country that are located in Gaborone.

According to Gibson, the facility will provide low cost, high impact, safe sporting facilities and social environment for all persons in Maun and give youth basic skills in the sport. She stated that this  will help the youth to grow up as responsible adults who will be able to contribute positively to the economy of this country.

“Stanbic Bank is an incredibly supportive partner of the Sports Club and is funding the entire construction cost and has funded the ground-breaking event. The bank is showing its commitment to its clients in Maun and the wider Maun community,” she said.

Stanbic Bank Head of Marketing Stephanie Sandbridge has said the partnership with Maun BMC Sports Club highlights the bank’s commitment to creating true value and making a positive impact for their clients, stakeholders, and communities, mindful of the important role that sports and recreation centres have on individual and community health and wellbeing.

She highlighted the importance of the collaboration as sponsors of the construction of the state-of-the-art padel court facility. She noted that the bank takes note that the sport is inclusive, engaging and it is now growing in Botswana as such it would create opportunities for the Maun community.

 “We are passionate about community, sport and wellbeing. The unveiling of this partnership also underscores our dedication to fostering growth, unity and empowerment within the Maun community. We aim to be catalysts for positive change and agents of progress within Maun and beyond,” she said.

According to Sandbridge, Stanbic Bank has consistently invested in various sports initiatives across Botswana, recognising sports as a powerful vehicle for social cohesion, personal development, and community engagement.

She stressed that they have a long history of supporting local community assets and sporting codes and these includes but not limited to sponsorship of such platforms as the Diacore Gaborone Marathon, the CANA Regional Swimming Championships, Morupule Coal Mine Annual GM’s Cycle Challenge, Nomads Botswana and Nomads Nationals Golf Challenge, and Township Rollers FC.

Meanwhile Botswana Tennis Association President Oaitse Thipe has welcomed the construction of the Padel Courts in Maun as a ground breaking development for the sport. This as the association is in the process of amending its constitution to include other affiliates that like padel and beach tennis.

Thipe said this will increasesparticipation in the sport at all levels and gives their coaches more coaching opportunities. He noted that through the project Maun BMC Sports Club will be able to introduce padel tennis to adults and kids through their coach.

‘‘Padel tennis is new in this country, Maun BMC Sports Club will be the second place to have it in Botswana,’ ’he said.

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