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Malawi National Netball Team Captain Caroline Mtukule Ngwira has been appointed Netball Development Officer for a United Kingdom-based non-governmental organisation Bhubesi Pride Foundation (BPF).

Mtukule will be based at BPF’s newly constructed sports and education community centre at Mtema, a rural community on the outskirts of Lilongwe.

According to a BPF Malawi statement released on Wednesday, Mtukule will join as a full-time employee from June 1 2021.

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BPF founder Richard Bennett said he remains confident that the defence stalwart will bring a wealth of experience to his team as she has been an ever-present figure as captain of the Queens for many years.

“In her role as Netball Development Officer, Caroline will be instrumental in developing BPF’s netball programme, utilising BPF Malawi’s Mtema facility as well as leading an outreach programme in 11 local schools.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Caroline to the BPF team. Adding someone of Caroline’s calibre speaks volumes to the work we are doing in Africa. We are very much looking forward to working with Caroline, supporting her to develop and grow our netball operations in Malawi and further afield,” Bennett said.

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He said Mtukule would be reporting to BPF Malawi Development Officer Wordsworth Rashid.

Bennet said the two would be supported by Rory McGee, BPF Operations Director.

Mtukule said she was excited to take up another role in the game as her playing career heads towards the end.

“I am truly humbled and delighted to be joining such an ambitious organisation. I cannot wait to get started. Helping to inspire young people from rural communities in Malawi has always been my passion and doing this using netball is a dream come true. The benefits to young people playing team sports such as rugby and netball are unquestionable.

“We view both games as co-eds with gender equality being of paramount importance. Being part of a team, working together to overcome challenges and respecting your fellow athletes and coaches are all part of the vital role sport can play in developing young people who have experienced hardships and challenges throughout their lives. Our programmes develop future leaders who will unite and uplift communities for decades to come,” Mtukule said.

In a career dating to 2004, Mtukule has played in her favoured positions of goal defence or goal keeper, featuring in four consecutive Netball World Cups and Commonwealth Games tournaments.

This is BPF Malawi’s first formal netball appointment with the charity having historically focused on rugby.

England-based Malawi shooter Joyce Mvula played a crucial role in connecting Mtukule to BPF.

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