CS Namwamba Unveils First Talent Academy Under Talanta Hela Initiative

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The Transcend Talent Academy, nestled in the heart of Trans-Nzoia County is the first Talent Academy unveiled by the Sports Ministry under its Talent Hela Initiative.

The September 3rd occasion, attended by a distinguished gathering, signified a remarkable stride in Kenya’s commitment to nurturing budding athletes while championing academic excellence.

Launched as an initiative of the former athlete Wesley Korir, Transcend Academy has emerged as a pivotal platform for young and aspiring athletes to cultivate their skills alongside their studies.

It harmonizes perfectly with the overarching Talanta Hela program, dedicated to the identification, development, and nurturing of talents, ultimately paving the way for sustainable livelihoods.

The Transcend Talent Academy cemented its position as the first official Talent Academy under the Ministry’s Talanta Hela program by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kenya Academy of Sports. This partnership underscores the government’s commitment to creating a robust talent development pipeline.

“Developing sporting talents and advancing academic pursuits should never be an either-or choice for Kenyan children,” CS Namwamba said.

He emphasized that the academy’s ethos aligns perfectly with the aspiration to harmonize a pursuit of talent and academic excellence.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Sports, CS Namwamba noted, is committed to replicating the Transcend Academy model nationwide, with plans to establish 50 initial academies across the country. These academies will be categorized into three tiers: school-based, community-based, and those integrated into existing sporting institutions.

The Sports CS reiterated the Kenya Kwanza administration’s unwavering support for talent monetization and called for partnerships to realize this initiative’s goal of building sustainable livelihoods through talent – something he attributed to H.E. President William Ruto.

One of the core pillars of the Talanta Hela program is forging partnerships to create a talent progression pipeline. It aims to utilize existing resources like Transcend Academy to harness talent’s full potential for the benefit of athletes and the wider community.

CS Ababu emphasized that the Ministry aims to be a part of athletes’ development journeys, not just celebrating their triumphs but contributing to their progress.

Founder Hon. Wesley Korir lauded the CS for his passion and commitment to the Talanta Hela initiative, describing it as a game-changer that would unlock Kenya’s sportsmen and women’s full potential. He expressed confidence that this initiative would leave an indelible legacy.

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