Kumwenda to drill schoolgirls in netball

Malawi’s only netball export to Australia, Mwayi ‘Professor’ Kumwenda will embark on her project of drilling girls netball  skills  in various primary and secondary schools in the country, Nyasa Times can reveal.

The 21-year-old Kumwenda is back in the country on off-season from her Peninsula Waves Club.

In an exclusive interview with Nyasa Times, the Malawi Queens evergreen shooter said that she wants to use part of her off-season  to teach youngsters about netball skills.

“One thing that I learnt in Australia is that girls are taught netball while still young,” said Kumwenda, who was also given a mantle to train young girls at Peninsula Waves.

“You will find out that a young girl aged 14 is able to play netball. My aim is to share some of the skills with our young girls in primary and secondary schools,” Kumwenda said.

Mwayi Kumwenda: To drill pupils

The towering goal attacker said she will start with some schools from the Southern Region, Central before proceeding to Northern region.

Her main target will be rural area schools.

“We have many talented youngsters in rural areas who can play goods netball but they lack people who can teach them some of the good skills in netball,” said the former Escom Sisters shooter.

The 2010-2011 best player at Peninsula Waves said the only way to promote netball in the country was to start on the grass root level.

“If we want netball to reach on the highest level in this country, then we should put our focus in primary and secondary schools,” she said.

She has also brought some  books on netball which she wishes to distribute to schools after the start of  her initiative.

The lanky goal shooter was spotted by the Peninsula Waves when she was a star at the world under-21 championships in 2009 as well as when she was named the best player at the inaugural Fastnet competition in 2009.



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