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Netball umpires, coaches hone skills

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Some 40 netball coaches and umpires from Lilongwe Rural West have been trained in netball basics.

The course, which Malawi National Council of Sports organised in conjunction with Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa), attracted 17 umpires and 23 netball coaches.

Malawi National Netball Team Assistant Coach White Mlilima and former netballer Kelita Hau facilitated the umpiring course.

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Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) Technical Director Samuel Kanyenda and Principal Sports Officer in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Joseph Mazaza were responsible for the coaching course.

Mazaza is also a netball coaching instructor.

Speaking at the end of the training at Nsalu Secondary School in Lilongwe, Sports Council Board Member Charles Malunga urged the umpires and coaches to share the knowledge gained from the course with others.

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“It is important for the coaches and umpires to impart the knowledge gained from this training in others. As Sports Council, we are excited that many teachers took part in this course,” Malunga said.

The participants were drawn from schools in Lilongwe Rural West.

At the end of the training, the participants received certificates.

Kanyenda said the training was designed to equip the participants with knowledge in training players and officiation of matches.

“Netball is one of the most popular sporting codes in the country; so, we need more trained people to help it grow further,” Kanyenda said.

Massa President Blackson Malamula said the course was important for the development of sports.

“Only qualified coaches can manage to identify talent at the grassroots and nurture it. We believe that, after this training, the coaches will be fully equipped to unearth a lot of talent,” Malamula said.

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