Team Zimbabwe UK Now Registered CIC

By Gilbert Munetsi
Team Zimbabwe UK, a community initiative for and by Zimbabweans living in the diaspora, has been registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC).

This was revealed at their Annual General Meeting (AGM) recently.

This latest development means that all resources acquired by the organisation will now be reinvested into the community.

Chief Executive Officer Marshall Gore said they had the chance to evaluate progress made so far, and to assess the impact of their programmes to the communityduring the AGM.

“In addition, we also set our objectives for 2022, which will include reforming and restructuring the organisation, hosting and participating in international football tournaments, and strengthening strategic partnerships with companies that have a keen interest to invest in social and community development,” Gore told Nhau from his London base this week.

On the benefits associated with the affiliation as a CIC, Gore said this would enable many people from the Zimbabwe Diaspora Community to derive benefits from programmes.

“As a CIC, we are determined to give everyone in our community the chance to benefit from sport and physical activities. Our aim is to support people in our community to improve their physical well-being through sport.

“And as a community organisation, we strongly believe in building resilient communities guided by the principles of collective impact, shared value, increased fairness and shared ownership,” the CEO added.

Since its inception more than a decade ago, Team Zimbabwe UK has grown from strength to strength and among its achievements has been the facilitation of the “British Brigade” to join the Warriors for national duty. These include Tendai Darikwa, Alec Mudimu and Macauley Miles Bonne, among others.

The organisation has spearheaded the establishment of the African Cup of Nations UK tournament , which they have gone to win a couple of times.

Four years ago in partnership with the Zimbabwe embassy in the UK and the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, they organised a tour of Zimbabwe dubbed “The Homecoming” in which soccer players from the diaspora came and played top local clubs.

Some of the visiting players such as Vitalis Takawira Jnr (son to former Dynamos dribbling wizard Vitalis) were setting foot in their country of descent for the very first time.

They were hosted to a banquet at State House and also took some time to visit tourist attractions like the Great Zimbabwe.

Team Zimbabwe UK supports rural community soccer development through an annual tournament that is held in Goromonzi in Mashonaland East province. Nhau/Indaba

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