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Netball legacy programme hits Zambia

TEAMWORK: Youngsters in Zambia play netball as part of the NET2019 initiative

ENGLAND NETBALL CEO Joanna Adams and UK Sport Chair Dame Katherine Grainger have paid a visit to Zambia as the work of the World Cup legacy programme NET2019 continues.

The Netball Association of Zambia (NAZ) invited more than 600 women and girls from across the country to participate in a tournament hosted at the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka.

The event, which officially opened the netball season, saw teams representing local youth hub sites, community leagues, schools and the national league getting involved. NET2019 aims to empower women and girls through netball by providing coaching advice and facilitated netball sessions.

The International Netball Federation (INF) continued NET2019’s ambition to increase the strength and depth of coaches and umpires at the event, by facilitating an African Coaching and Officiating Framework (ACOF) course.

The event was the biggest annual gathering of netball stakeholders in Zambia. During the event director of sport for Zambia, Bessie Chelemu led a forum which invited public, private and civil stakeholders in netball to participate as they continue to work together to develop a shared future for netball.

With so many stakeholders and community clubs involved the event showcased netball’s continued ability to inspire and empower women and girls around the world.

The Netball World Cup takes place in Liverpool from July 12- 21.

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