By Staff Reporter
Lack of sponsorship has always been one of the difficulties in growing most sport disciplines from a grassroots level.
Khomas Netball Premier League has been trapped in this very situation as the league lacks funds to cover most costs.
Over the years women‘s participation in sport has been massively underfunded with some occasional hand-out of media coverage and support appearing now and then.
According to the Khomas Netball League public relations officer Issack Hamata, they are playing for the love of the sport.
”We are really playing netball for the love of it. We are thankful to Trutsco United, Wanderers and Nampol for availing their netball courts to Khomas Netball for free or affordable cost. Otherwise we would not be able to stage league matches,” said Hamata
The league is divided into three categories, which is the Khomas Premier League which has 10 teams, then the Khomas 2nd Division which has a total of 10 teams and the 3rd Division which comprises of 12 teams.
Hamata further said that all three division lacks sponsorships; they use registration fees money to pay the match umpires.
“Our biggest challenge is the lack of sponsorship for the league winners and payment of umpires (officials).
At the moment clubs are responsible for paying umpires. A sponsorship for prize money and for umpires will really go a long way to make the league more attractive and competitive.”
Just to put our challenges in context , the premier league winner at the end of the season gets N$2,500 which is nothing compared to the cost involved in paying for training facilities, transporting players every weekend and playing gear.”
The league is now calling on corporates who are able to assist, to get on board and fund the league to make it more attractive.
“We are calling out for corporates to get on board and fund the league.
There’s a lot of talent in the country. We sincerely plead for sponsorship to keep these talented girls occupied and improve the league.” Namibian Correctional Services are currently the league leader of the Khomas Premier League, while Unam leads the pack in the Division one and Namibian Defence Force Windhoek are top of Division two.