Sports, youth and child development Minister Moses Mawere has called on National Sports Associations and other organisations to establish plans that can help achieve goals in developing sports in Zambia.
Mawere says his ministry will continue to support and monitor the implementation of programmes as set out in the next strategic plan.
He said this in speech read on his behalf by permanent secretary Joe Kapembwa during the official opening of the Netball Association of Zambia (NAZ) Open tournament held at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC).
Mawere said the project endeavors to empower women and girls through the power of Netball an initiative funded by UK sport for a period of three years.
He said government took pride in such an initiative as it was not only promoting the girl child’s participation in sport at local and international competition but is also providing support in building capacities at technical level.
Mawere said sports can help women and girls stay away from vices like early marriages which destroy communities and their future.
He also said there is need to improve the coaching and officiating levels that will in turn create sustainable strategies aimed at improving the governance of sport.
And UK Sports chairperson Katherine Grainger said the partnership with the Netball Association of Zambia-NAZ- is aimed at empowering netball players with skills and knowledge.
And England Netball Chief executive Officer Joanna Adams said Zambia has a lot of talented athletes that need to be helped in realizing their full potential.
Meanwhile the Netball Association of Zambia General Secretary Pritchard Ngoma said Netball standards in the country will rise owing to the partnership with UK Sports.