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Netball South Africa’s philosophy and vision of taking netball back to the people and growing the game seems to be finally coming to fruition. The federation, together with one of their sponsors, Twizza, have announced a new club tournament on Wednesday 19th May 2021 in Rosebank. The Twizza Netball Club Championships will be played over a four-month period between May and September 2021, and will be broken down into districts, provincial and national levels.
The formation of the tournament will bridge the gap in the netball pyramid and help unearth talent at a local level. This tournament will provide players, coaches, umpires and administrators with the opportunity to showcase their abilities at a competitive level, and to contend for selection for the SPAR National Championships, followed by The Telkom Netball League, and eventually the SPAR Proteas.
“It is always a pleasure to work with partners that understand the vision that we have as Netball South Africa, partners who see the value in investing towards the growth of the sport. We are grateful to Twizza for throwing their weight behind this club netball tournament and helping us begin the journey of giving more players access to the sport. We believe that this is the start of greater things to come. I would like to urge all players to get involved in this tournament and challenge districts in making sure that we make this possible,” said Cecilia Molokwane, Netball South Africa President.
Event organisers are hoping to see about 52 districts hosting their own leagues with about 20 clubs per district participating. The top two teams from every district will compete at an inter-provincial netball competition which will run between July and August. The winners of each provincial tournament will then compete in a national competition to determine the best club in South Africa, these finals will take place between the 23rd and 26th of September 2021.
“Sport is one of the world’s greatest unifying forces and one that as a country we can all get behind. As a proudly South African company, we are honoured to sponsor the rising young stars of the netball courts. We’ll also be seeing many memories and Twizza moments being made in every match,” comments Lance Coertzen, Twizza’s Group Marketing Manager.
The Twizza Netball Club Championships seeks to attain a few objectives which are to ensure that we develop grassroots netball at a club level. There will be an opportunity to unearth netball talent across the country and most importantly provide a consistent competition for all players across South Africa.
“Growing the sport and making it professional is not an overnight job, neither is it a task that we can do alone, we need partners to be able to reach that point and I must say that we are happy to be moving forward at this point, and we will reach this goal. I would like to challenge all of our players to grab this opportunity and run with it, this is for you and this is yours,” concluded Molokwane.
The federation has a 2025 vision themed ‘Magnificent 3M’ which seeks to have at least three million netball people registered, irrespective of whether they are coaches, players, umpires or administrators.
More information on the Twizza Netball Club Championships to follow across Netball South Africa’s social media platforms and website.
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