The Ministry of Sports has started a programme to establish 324 sports clubs at the Divisional Secretariat level, under its National Policy on taking sports to the villages.
Under this, the President of each of these Divisional Secretariat level Sports Clubs will be the Divisional Secretary, while the Secretary of the club will be the Sports Officer who will be appointed by the Ministry of Sports and the Treasurer will be a top level Police Officer from that area.
This programme which comes under the Mahinda Chintana vision's 'Sports for All' theme will pave way to the rural children to experience and take part in any sports activity they wish.
The Ministry of Sports emphasized that sports such as Rugby, Hockey, Tennis, Leather, Cricket that have not become popular in the rural areas will be introduced through these Divisional Sports Clubs.
Further, 17 sports such as Athletics, Football and Volleyball which were identified for the Commonwealth Games will be popularized in the rural areas.