By Staff Reporter
The Khomas Netball Region plans to host development clinics and like skills training to under-privileged children as well as offer advice and help to smaller netball regions in the country in the coming months.
Isack Hamata, spokesperson of the Khomas Netball Region said as the biggest and most active netball region, it was incumbent upon Khomas to take a holistic approach to netball development by introducing the sport to young children and sharing experiences with struggling netball regions where the sport has failed to take off.
So far, only the Khomas and Erongo regions have active netball leagues in the country while other regions rely on ad hoc tournaments or wait for national tournaments before they become active once in a while.
But Hamata said that approach was not sustainable if netball was to be counted as one of the top sports codes in the country. He said it was desirable from Khomas side to ‘take everyone along’ by assisting with development clinics, advising executives of other regions about how to start leagues and providing training coaching and umpiring.
He said although Khomas was far from perfect and struggling with lack of sponsorship for its own leagues and other development programmes, it was at least one step ahead of other regions, hence the need to sacrifice itself for the sake of other regions.
He said although the netball mother body was responsible for coaching and umpiring training across the country, Khomas would avail its experts to assist with such kind of training in the regions where there is a dearth of knowledge and expertise in netball.
He bemoaned the fact that netball, which was once a top code in the country and one of few female sports codes, is now taking a back sit to other codes. “This means our sisters and daughters are denied the opportunity to play a sport in which they could potentially excel and become national players,” he lamented.
Although no definite dates have been set for the outreach programme, he said it will definitely take place in the third quarter of the year, with areas such as Okahandja Park, Otjomuise, Dordabis and Groot Aub being some of the targeted areas this year.
Meanwhile, the Khomas Netball Region also rewarded the players who represented the region at the Namibian Newspaper Cup netball tournament which took place in Mariental two weeks ago.
From the prize money received, each player and member of the technical team received N$300 for representing the region and winning second place behind eventual winners Erongo Region.