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In its quest to give up-and-coming local netballers exposure, Mary Waya Netball Academy will in October host Saint Jones International School from the United Kingdom.

The academy’s founder, Mary Waya, on Monday confirmed that they will host the English side in test matches in Blantyre.

Waya said the visiting team comprises Under-19 players.

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“We want to give our players a feel of playing international teams,” she said.

The netball legend added that she had embarked on a talent identification programme ahead of the English team’s visit.

In line with the talent identification, Waya will launch a project called Netball Leadership.

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The aim of the project, Waya said, was to transfer knowledge from the academy’s coaches to children.

Waya said her academy will also capitalise on the forthcoming Blantyre City Mayor’s Trophy to identify Under-16 and 19 netballers.

The academy is currently imparting netball skill in various schools in Blantyre.

“I thank the District Education Office [Blantyre] for according the academy an opportunity to empower girls in various schools with netball skills,” Waya said.

She cited Australian-based Mwawi Kumwenda and England-based Joyce Mvula as examples of how netball can take people to greater heights.

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