By Isaac Salima:
Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) has signed a four-year agreement with Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa) aimed at unearthing talent.
Through the agreement, Nam will be using part of its annual government allocation to support Massa activities.
Speaking during the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday in Blantyre, Nam President Khungekile Matiya said the partnership will help in developing raw talent.
“We are now changing our focus to concentrate more on grassroots netball. Massa has been unearthing talent in schools and we want to tap from this initiative.
“Most of the Players we see today came from Massa programmes and we want this to continue. We therefore find nothing wrong in going back on the same route so that we can have a good succession plan,” Matiya said.
The Nam boss said the partnership will be reviewed periodically.
Massa president Blackson Malamula said he was hopeful that the partnership would be a success.
“We have been working in isolation and there were no proper channels of following up on the identified players. The technical and financial support will be a big boost to us,” Malamula said.
Malawi National Council of Sports Development Manager Ruth Mzengo, who witnessed the signing ceremony, described the partnership as a milestone in the development of the country’s netball.
Mzengo urged sports associations to have proper developmental plans with emphasis on grassroot structures.
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