39 participants have completed a 5-day netball coaching and umpiring course in Mwanza district which was organized by the Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) with the aim of improving netball coaching and umpiring at the grassroot level.
The course started on Monday 15 August and finished on Saturday 20 August 2022. 25 females and 14 males took part in the netball developmental level coaching and umpiring training at Mwanza District Council.
Speaking during the closing ceremony MNCS Sports and Recreation Development Officer for the south Felix Yola urged the participants to practice what they have learnt during the course.
‘’This is just a starting point for you in as far as netball coaching and umpiring is concerned we want you to go out and practice what you have learnt here so that netball should develop in Mwanza district. It would not make sense for you to be here for five days and go home and stay idle, we want you to go on the ground and practice. Explained Yola.
The chief Sports Officer in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Joseph Mazaza who was also facilitating the course thanked MNCS for coming up with the training and encouraged participants to put to practice what they have learnt.
‘’ Am applauding MNCS for coming up with this training as it will help the sport of netball to develop in Mwanza, but that can only happen if the participants practice what they have learnt here. Let me also thank the participants for showing interest to take part in the training and at the same time congratulate them for successfully completing the course we expect tremendous impact on the ground’’. Explained Mazaza.
Speaking on behalf of the participants District Sports Officer (DSO) for Mwanza Anthony Makhanga thanked MNCS for coming up with the training.
‘’ We are very happy that as a district we have had this kind of training which will help us a lot in nurturing and managing talent, we are grateful and we assure you that what we have learnt here will be put to practice’’, Explained Makhanga.
The participants were being tutored by the Chief Sports Officer in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Joseph Mazaza and Dr Rebecca Dulanya a veteran international tutor who teaches umpiring around the world.
The participants will undergo a one-year assessment period where they will be observed to see if they are applying the knowledge and skills they have learnt from the course, from there they will then be given certificates.