The OYDC, continues to win kudos from different sports associations both local and international for its continued contribution to the development of sport in the country.

On behalf of the OYDC Board of Trustees and on my behalf I wish to announce that OYDC has been recognized as a high performance centre by the Association of Sport Performance Centres (ASPC). The Spanish based association has since accepted OYDC’s membership. Subsequently, OYDC has been invited to attend the XI ASPC International Forum on Elite Sport 2019 to take place in Barcelona on the 10th and 11th of October 2019. The forum is expected to be attended by many African countries and it will see countries being united and strengthened in the development of sport in the region. I would like to extend our profound gratitude to the Board of ASPC for recognizing OYDC as one of the “High Performance Centres” in the region. This truly demonstrates our commitment to exemplary service delivery and commitment to creating a true centre of excellence in OYDC.

ASPC started in September 1999 in Sydney, Australia when a group of High Performance Training Centres from all over the world decided to combine efforts to share their experiences during the 1st Forum on Elite Sport. Focussed on its vision to become an active partner with development and leadership of sport training centres, setting the standard in the global high performance training site community, ASPC is composed of high performance centres which have voluntarily joined the ASPC, Governing Bodies that support high performance Sport and Individuals who support High Performance Sport/Centres. The association only accepts membership from any Sport Performance Centre that is recognized by a National Olympic Committee, Paralympic Committee and/or government of that nation or recognized by an International Sports Federation (IF) or National Sport Federation of a country where the centre is located. However, the centre must carry out activities focused on elite sport; be able to provide operational, technical and scientific support services to high performance athletes and coaches and be willing to exchange staff personnel with other high performance sport centres to interact and share ideas and work methods. This is exactly what The Board of OYDC has dedicated itself to do in its current strategic plan.

Since inception, OYDC has been recording success stories ranging from contributing athletes to national teams and various clubs. You may be aware that in 2016 the Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development Hon. Moses Mawere MP launched the National Centre of Excellence for Sport at the OYDC aimed at promoting talent identification and training of high performance athletes, capacity building for coaches and sports administrators in the Country.

Thus said, OYDC was in 2018 conferred the “Medal of Honor” by the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 for having made a significant contribution to the development of sport in the past two years.

With such awards coming our way, we can simply attest that our 2018 to 2022 Strategic Plan is coming into fruition as we continue to be a Centre of excellence not only in Zambia but across the globe.

Our hope is to see more people coming on board to partner with OYDC if they want to see our facilities remain a pride of Africa which nurtures, and inspires young talented sports persons that reign supreme and bring glory to our nation and the continent.

As OYDC, we shall remain resolute to utilize every opportunity to market our facilities that will see the facelift of the centre to attract not only local funding but international aid to be implemented on our sport and social change programmes currently running.

I thank you and God Bless!      

Dr. Fredrick M. Chitangala


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