2014 shows to be the year that chess grows at an alarming rate in Namibia as the Namibia Chess Federation (NCF) kicked off the year with a first ever Sports Club Management Workshop which was sponsored by the Hanns Seidel Foundation and held in the capital on the 18th of January. The workshop was aimed at educating the public on setting up, managing and effectively running successful clubs in a growing civil society. The one day informative seminar was facilitated by former director of the Hanns Seidel Foundation, Wolfgang Kleine who stressed the importance of a viability and effectiveness in any club or organization in order for it to grow. Among many other tips, Wolfgang emphasized that the chess clubs would only flourish if they utilize basic organizational principles in their day-to-day running and maintenance.
The workshop was said to be extremely advantageous to the few that were in attendance however the president of the NCF, Otto Nakapunda was however not pleased with the poor turn-out by chess club members urging that unique opportunities such as this one are meant to educate and enrich the growth of the sports in the country and thus should be utilized by the masses effectively.
Nakapunda also took the chance to cite that the federation has a number of other seminars planned in different parts of the country to educate everyone on chess fundamentals and on the essentials of forming chess clubs. In addition he also explained that the NCF will be kick-starting the Premier Chess League this February as part of its efforts to uplift the sports code and make it the best in the country and so he calls upon all clubs to register promptly.