Malawi Queens play England Sat July 5  

Malawi Queens will face England netball side this Saturday at the Gloucester’s GL1 arena in London as part of preparations  for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland starting on July 23.

Malawi team is camping at University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls Campus.

The game is scheduled for a 2.30pm start.

The Queens will then play Wales at the University’s Oxstalls Campus on Monday.

The Malawi Commonwealth Games netball team at the University of Gloucestershire
The Malawi Commonwealth Games netball team at the University of Gloucestershire

According to a regional paper Gloucestershire Echo, Malawi Queens’ matches would be used as the basis for analysis titled: ‘Successful observation is key to coaching’, during an exclusive coaching workshop organised for sports coaches by Sky Sports commentator and international netball coach Dr. Anita Navin and Denise Egan, ex-England coach and now a selector.

“All sports fans will enjoy the entertainment and fast-paced style of the Malawi Queens and I would encourage anyone to book their tickets from the All Golds website in advance or turn up early on day for what is sure to be quite a spectacle of netball against a young and talented England A team,” Navin told the paper.

Team Malawi manager John Kaputa said he was “impressed with the  facilities  at the  University of Gloucestershire, saying they are “very good.”

“If we are successful, the profile of the university will be raised and that will be good for Gloucester too.In our country we have the human capacity of coaches, but not the facilities,” said Kapito as quoted by the paper.

“We are fifth in the world in netball – we want to improve on that..

“Our netball team is playing England and Hucclecote to prepare for the games, we want a test to help us be ready to win medals in Scotland.”

Andy Pitchford, director of sports at University of Gloucestershire, said the students and staff will be “fully involved” during the two-week camp by Team Malawi to help their preparations.

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