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SQUASH coach Mashumba Mukumba has received a boost in his efforts to raise funds to attend the 2014 World Squash Federation’s Development and Coaching Conference in Poland next month after he got US$1 000 from Pomelo Mining for his registration.Mukumba was invited to attend the biennial four-day conference to be held in the Polish city of Krakov from June 25 to 28 with coaches from across the globe expected to take part.

The conference will run under the theme “From Talent to Excellence” and will see different world-class coaches and players making presentations as the world federation hopes to improve the sport throughout the different continents.

Mukumba said the conference presents him with the opportunity to learn the new trends of coaching and rules which will help the development of the sport locally.

“It actually helps us, it brings us new modern trends of coaching and rules because there is also a refereeing course. It’s also an opportunity for networking.

“From Zimbabwe I am the only one going. I was in Hong Kong in 2009 (for the same conference) and I am expecting to learn new skills of coaching and also new methods to apply to different age-groups,” said Mukumba.

The Zimbabwean coach needs US$2 300 to cater for the trip and yesterday he said that he is still in need of US$1 300 for his airfares.

“I received US$1 000 from Pomelo Mining and it was from that money that I had to pay about 600 euros for my registration fees for this conference.

“All in all, I am supposed to raise US$2 300, so I am still looking for US$1 300 for my airfares. I have already paid for my accommodation and registration. I am scheduled to leave for Poland on June 23,” said Mukumba.

Mukumba said he is grateful to Pomelo Mining for their helping hand as it will go a long way in complementing his efforts to see the sport of squash improve in this country.

Pomelo Mining offered Mukumba the US$1 000 as part of the company’s three Cs policy of helping the country, the community and the company.

“It means a lot because looking at the situation right now, there is no money but they sacrificed to help me since they want to see the development of squash and they have kids in squash,” said Mukumba, who also runs a squash academy at Belgravia Sports Club in Harare.

The conference in Poland will be held in conjunction with the Polish League finals, an international all-glass court event held in a square of the historic city.

Source : The Herald