Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) has announced plans to hire three members of staff for its secretariat in Blantyre to enhance its small-scale commercialisation process that would, in the long run, benefit the Queens.
However, it is unclear how Nam, which does not have corporate sponsorship and survives on government grants, would be paying the secretariat members of staff.
Nam President, Khungekile Matiya, said they would hire an administrative assistant [secretary], marketing or public relations officer and accounts officer.
“We felt the operations of the association were being crippled because Executive Committee members serve on voluntary basis. Therefore, we will be advertising to hire three members of staff to carry out special duties to enhance the secretariat’s operations,” Matiya said.
She said the three would be expected to operate from The Nam secretariat at Development House in Blantyre.
“Above all, the accountant would help us with audited reports whereas the marketing officer would be responsible for setting up various programmes, including creating and maintaining positive relationship between Nam and the general public,” Matiya said.
Nam was among the associations that were evicted from Malawi National Council of Sports offices last year.
In 2011, Standard Bank withdrew its netball cup sponsorship due to the fact that Nam, then under the leadership of Rosy Chinunda, did not, among other structures, have a secretariat.
Other netball associations in Southern Africa have a well-defined governance structure such as the one Nam wants to adopt.
Botswana Netball Association (Bona) is manned by an Executive committee comprising the President, Vice President, Secretary General, Treasurer, Marketing Officer, Development Officer and Recording Secretary.
Bona has umpires and coaching committees and boasts a website that is also used for income generation through advertising.
Elsewhere, Netball South Africa (NSA) has a fully-fledged secretariat and public relations and marketing agency.
Spar is NSA’s main sponsor and the association has secured additional five-year financial support from Twiza to grow netball at the grassroots.
NSA also runs a national league whose sponsors include mobile phone network company, Telkom. South Africa will host the 2023 World Cup.
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