THE Netball Association of Zambia (NAZ) says it will ensure that competitive netball is taught in schools across the country, if Zambia has to maintain her appearance at the World Cup.
NAZ president Getrude Mukumi acknowledged that netball was not a competitive sport in many schools, therefore needed serious attention.
Mukumi said the association will embark on an outreach programme that will see the establishment of school’s netball league.
She said schools offer the foundation for future champions therefore the need to nurture the talent.
“We have observed that netball is not as competitive like it was in schools. Most of the players that made the 2015 World Cup team were identified from school. The technical bench will embark on talent identification in schools,” she said. Meanwhile, Mukumi has earnestly appealed to the corporate world to assist the association materially or financially to ensure the plan for a schools league is implemented.
She said financial support has been a barrier to the association’s version of taking the sport at district level.
“We may have the talent but these players neeed competitive tournament to improve their skills. There is massive talent in these rural arrears but we lack financial support to host tournaments. I am still hopeful that we will achieve it with time,” she said.
Zambia made her maiden appearance at the 2015 Netball World Cup in Australia.