The first multi-sport centre of this kind opened in Lusaka, Zambia, in 2010. It welcomes an average of 10,000 youngsters, who practise sport on a regular basis and participate in cultural, educational and social development programmes at the Centre. In 2014, at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games (YOG), one of these young Zambian athletes struck gold, winning the 100m sprint. On 18 March 2016, the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, visited the Centre.
Built at a cost of USD 15.6 million, the Centre is now managed by the Sport Development Trust Zambia, which values its contribution to social change and human development.
The Centre includes:
- Indoor multi-purpose hall
- Indoor competition hall
- Athletics track
- Football field
- Olympic swimming pool
- The Lodge
Scope of activities
- Sport for All (High Performance, Academy, Grassroots)
- Medical care
- Life Skills development
- Social development
While the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and International Boxing Federation (AIBA) have officially declared the Centre as their regional training centre, other International Federations and continental associations regularly organise training sessions, coaching clinics and competitions. Thanks to its valuable partners, the Centre is also the host of many sporting events, such as the Teulings Youth Sport Challenge and the Samsung Challenge.
The Sport for Hope Centre, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, is also the biggest provider of free medical health checks in Zambia.
The Centre in numbers
More than 14,000 young people per year practise sport on a regular basis at the Centre in Lusaka. Many of them have had a medical check-up and also followed at least one social development programme.
The centre currently has:
- 14,000 children, aged 10 - 17
- 1,350 trainers/coaches
- 470 teachers
- 490 volunteers
Currently, 19 sports are practised at the Centre: athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, football, gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, korfball, netball, rugby, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, volleyball and weightlifting
177 young athletes who had not practised sport before have been integrated into national teams.
Two judokas who both discovered judo at the Centre have won their first silver and bronze medals in judo at the African Junior and Cadet Championships.
One gold medal in the 100m sprint was won at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.