Botswana: Sankoyo, Great Plains Seal Deal

Maun — Great Plains Conservation Company has donated P65 000 to Maun-based Sankoyo Bush Bucks to cement its partnership with the aim of contributing to sport development in Ngamiland.

Great Plains Conservation, which is a multi-award winning company with safari camps and lodges in Kenya and Botswana, donated the money to assist players to cushion them against COVID-19 pandemic.

Handing over the donation, company's general manager, Bruce Petty said they were committed to sport development adding that there was a lot of unearthed talent in the region.

He said Sankoyo's future was bright as it was made up of young players whom he described as heroes and sports ambassadors to take the club back to its glory days.

"We are here to celebrate our partnership with Sankoyo and it is our desire as a tourism company to see the best out of the team.

We want these young players to excel and become sport role models in the country as much as we want our company to be the best in tourism and create employment opportunities," he said.

Petty assured Ngurungu as the team is affectionately known, that their partnership would go a long way since they had a lot in common.

He said the team's colour, which is green symbolised environment and they would work together to promote issues of conservation.

He believed that their partnership would bear positive results as they would share ideas, support each other to grow sport and business to greater heights.

Petty acknowledged that the team enjoyed great support from Sankoyo village, where it was formed and promised that the company's employees would also support them once the season starts.

He appreciated that Ngurungu was born from a village whose inhabitants were into tourism and conservation of natural resources and hoped that together, they would promote sport tourism in the region.

Sankoyo Bush Bucks chairperson, Itumeleng Kelebetseng thanked the company and stated that players needed support and motivation.

He said the donation would address players' welfare needs.

The team's public relations officer, Thato Molosi said the club had been struggling to secure a partner and believed that Great Plains Conservation partnership would activate interest from other tourism companies and the business community in general to do likewise.

Before sport activities were suspended due to COVID 19 pandemic, it was reported that Great Plains Company assisted the team, which plays in the North Debswana First Division following their relegation from the premier league in 2018, to ensure they honoured their away games.

The team has, since its formation relied on Sankoyo Tshwaragano Development Trust for assistance.

Source : BOPA

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