By Mphatso Malidadi:
Malawi’s Mary Waya Netball Academy has partnered with St. Noa Girls Secondary School of Uganda to jointly identify and nurture budding netballers.
Products from the two institutions will be involved in exchange programmes to improve their performance both on the court and in class.
Following the development, two netballers from Mary Waya Academy, Beatrice Kumwenda and Ethel Ng’ambi, left the country on Thursday for Kampala, Uganda, to undergo a three-week netball training programme.
Waya said the programme was vital as it would help turn youngsters into top class netballers.
“We entered into this partnership some three weeks ago following my visit to Uganda. During my two-week stay there, we had fruitful discussions and this helped us to design a proper programme to achieve our goals,” she said.
Waya said Kumwenda and Ng’ambi have been selected to become the first beneficiaries of the exercise following their promising performance.
“Beatrice plays for Lameck Queens of Mzuzu whereas Ethel is a Prison Sisters player. Both are part of Mary Waya Netball Academy and this is their opportunity to grow,” she said.
Waya said the academy is also planning to go into partnership with other international organisations in Europe.
“We want girls to realise their dream of becoming top class netballers through our academies,” she said.
Speaking before departure, Ng’ambi said she was ready to learn and improve her game.
“Uganda is also doing well in netball and I am excited with the move because I will learn a lot,” she said.
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