Waya Academy eyes partners


Netball legend, Mary Waya, is looking for partners for her Blantyre academy, which has unearthed over 1,000 netball gems.

Waya Wednesday said she was eyeing companies and organisations interested in using the netball platform to promote products and services.

The academy has, in the last two years, been working with sponsors such as Old Mutual Malawi and Vale, but contracts with the two companies have expired.


“The contract with Old Mutual was for a year from 2013, but due to my national team engagements and other assignments, the deal extended to 2014 and 2015,” Waya explained.

The partnership with Old Mutual helped identify 1,800 young netballers in the Southern Region, with 40 making the final selection for coaching clinics.

Eventually, 16 players received Old Mutual’s certificates of recognition.


After signing the initial contract, Old Mutual, on its website, said it was privileged to work with Waya who is considered the country’s all-time netball great.

“Old Mutual Malawi is proud of Mary’s achievements and supports her desire to use her experiences to inspire others. This is why Old Mutual has made a commitment to support her towards the success of the Mary Waya Netball Academy,” read the website

From last September to October, Waya signed an agreement with Vale to sensitise communities along the company’s railway line against vandalism.

During the last contract, Waya used netball clinics as a vehicle for helping Vale reach out to the communities in Neno, Chikwawa, Machinga and Balaka districts.

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