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Title: Challenges in the management of sport in unversities in Zimbabwe
Authors: Zvapano,Kaves
Issue Date: 2017
Abstract: This study was on the challenges encountered in the management of sport in universities in Zimbabwe and how these could be overcome. The purpose of the study was to create a conducive environment for the development of university students sport. The study was prompted by experiences of the researcher as a sports administrator, and also by reports that confirmed the various challenges encountered in the management of sport in universities in Zimbabwe. The challenges compromised the quality of performance of Zimbabwean university sports teams at regional and international tournaments. During the study a mixed methods approach, of both qualitative and quantitative paradigms, was employed, making it a pragmatic approach, although the quantitative paradigm was dominant. The population of the study was the Sports Directors of the eleven universities that were affiliated to the Zimbabwe Universities Sports Association (ZUSA). The Sports Directors were chosen by purposive sampling and responded to a questionnaire. Sports Team Captains, were also involved as respondents to a different questionnaire. Students’ team coaches were involved as focus group participants. The population also included players, supporters, officials and administrators at the venues of the ZUSA Games. These were for observation purposes. Opportunistic overt observations were done at three different venues of university games over a period of one calendar year. These included one preliminary game, one ball games final and one athletics final. The study found that management of sport in universities encountered challenges that were related to lack of funding for sport, which generally affected provision of resources; behaviour related challenges like cheating and indiscipline; poor administration and lack of professionalism by coaches, officials and players. Besides, attitude-related challenges among some university authorities, which led to trivialization of university sport indicated by absence of clear sports policies and committees that represented sport and, in some cases, lack of sports levy or specific funds. All these challenges negatively affected the quality of university sport, thereby compromising performance of Zimbabwean athletes at regional and international sports tournaments because the sport environment was not conducive to the development of students sport. The study concluded that the various challenges could be overcome by serious involvement and unity of purpose by all iii stakeholders who are the university authorities, sport management, sport officials, national sports associations, the corporate world, alumni, the players themselves and the government through various relevant departments. These should ensure that funding is availed for university sport development and that formulation of effective policies on sport and their implementation is done. Furthermore, the study established that there was need for sport management, officiating and coaching workshops to improve university sport. Change of attitudes through sports education would also go a long way in ensuring support and participation that is indispensable in university sport.
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URI: lis.zou.ac.zw:8080/dspace /handle/0/384
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