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Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) has earmarked 60 coaches to undergo a basic netball clinic for coaching and umpiring under the guidance of United Kingdom-based instructors Heather Gleadall and Amy Ann Ruffell.

The one-week course is due to start at Blantyre Youth Centre today, and participants have been drawn from across the country.

Nam General Secretary, Carol Bapu, said the course was one of the programmes which the association has put in place to revive netball in the country.

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“Those that will do well in the basic course will be shortlisted for advanced courses,” she said.

One of the budding coaches, Christina Mkwanda-Nsinji of Thunder Queens, hailed Nam for organising the course.

“The course is important to us because some of us have attended basic courses facilitated by Mr [Griffin] Saenda in his role as Southern Region Sports Development Officer. We need such courses to enhance our knowledge so as to make the game competitive,” said Mkwanda-Nsinji, who, despite having no qualification, has revamped Thunder, formerly MTL Queens.

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Nam is expected to use its annual subvention when holding the coaching course.

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