SCHOOLS across the country will introduce a new sport known as roll ball after it was endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Heads (Nash).
Nash president Arthur Maphosa said the new school curriculum was accommodative and it allowed new ideas hence the move to introduce the new sport in schools.
“We believe that as Nash, we play a pivotal role in innovation and implementing new ideas in schools thus we are looking forward to introducing the new sport known as roll ball across the country.
“The new curriculum allows it and welcomes new ideas and innovations,” said Maphosa.
Roll ball is a game played between two teams and is a unique combination of roller skates, basketball, handball and throw ball.
It is played on roller shoes.
Each team consists of 12 players — six on the field and six in reserve. The main objective of the game is to score maximum goals within a stipulated time, it is originally from India.
Last year seven provinces, namely Bulawayo, Masvingo, Midlands, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland West and Harare attended an inaugural strategic meeting that was held by the Roll Ball Federation of Zimbabwe.
The federation’s president Russell Mhiribidi welcomed the move by Nash to recognise the new sport.
“We are now on the Nash calendar and our deliberate plan this year is working on consolidating and ensuring that our athletes play roll ball at school level as well as at club level.”
“As a federation, our focus is not much on so many issues but we are accentuating more on tournaments and festivals as well as familiarisation of the game’s rules and regulations,” said Mhiribidi.
The roll ball Federation of Zimbabwe held a familiarisation programme at Girls High School in Harare which attracted over 100 pupils from 23 schools to get a feel of how the sport is played and coached.
The Nash roll ball head in charge, Perpetua Masarira, said just like with other sporting disciplines, schools must buy their own equipment.
“Roll ball is already being played in the country at schools such as Girls High School in Harare. Right now, we are in the process of setting up Nash structures at provincial and district level.
“This year we are going to have a festival mid-second term but ultimately our aim is to have the sport played from ECD (early childhood development) to secondary schools,” said Masarira.