Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF) is set to amend its constitution in order to accommodate clubs registered as companies to affiliate with the federation, Voice Sport can exclusively reveal.
Voice Sport is reliably informed that the current BVF constitution has got some clauses that do not conform to the demands of the growing and ever changing game of volleyball hence the development.
According to Clause 5 (4) of the BVF constitution, the federation can only accept clubs registered as societies not as companies to affiliate with it, meaning that clubs have been forced to register as societies.
This is despite the fact that sporting clubs worldwide are transforming into business entities (companies) in order for them to generate their own income and to create jobs (pay professional players).
However, this has been viewed as a total drawback to the development of the game of volleyball in this country. According to sources, it has been argued that the country could be losing talented players to formal employment as there is no sound remuneration in the game.
It is against this backdrop that the BVF Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at a secluded place in Palapye three weeks ago resolved that the constitution be amended if the federation harbours any interest in seeing the game of volleyball growing.
George Keotsene, the BNF Vice President Technical confirmed the development when contacted for comment by Voice Sport.
“The current constitution clearly stipulates that a club that wishes to affiliate with the BVF should be registered with the Registrar of Societies not Registrar of Companies,” said Keotsene in a telephone interview.
However, Keotsene said the situation is coming to an end. He said the recently held BVF AGM has resolved that the constitution be amended to accommodate clubs registered as companies.
“We are currently working on the issue. It is a matter of taking the right documentation to the right authorities and amending the clauses restricting us from admitting clubs registered as companies,” said Keotsene.
For clubs to register as companies, Keotsene said it is a move in the right direction that the BVF encourages as sport is now big business. If BVF was not urging clubs to register as companies, Keotsene said, the AGM could not have resolved to amend the constitution.
“We want the standard of volleyball to grow in Botswana. For the standard to grow, clubs have to be sustainable in all aspects including finance and development,” he said.