All teenagers engaging in competitive sport should begin with grounding in ‘Physical Literacy’ – mobility, stability and strength – to create efficient, effective movements around a stable trunk. Girls particularly are keen to ‘do well’ and ‘get it right’ before they become immersed in competition. This holistic ‘MoJo’ approach is adopted by the Mary Waya Netball Foundation (MWNF) to not only find and develop new netball talent but to use netball to develop life skills, confidence and leadership. Skills and robustness that they can take back and ‘role model’ in their communities.
NETBALLMoJo & MWNF - translated into Chichewa
NETBALLMoJo is predicated on 'Physical Literacy' but also covers a range of other emotive issues such as: body image, diet, breast health, fit or thin, social media, training with menstruation, coach attitude etc. – which impact how girls engage/drop out of sport – and potentially go on to be elite athletes and confident, mature young women outside of sport.
The Women’s Sports Network is working closely with MWNF to translate NETBALLMoJo into Chichewa (Malawi's main language) and adapt it as a local ‘work book’ – bringing it into line with local traditions and help overcome cultural barriers. These might be a better understanding of personal hygiene or advice on safeguarding human rights as a prt of a wider engagement with netball in the community.
You can help us support MWNF with educational material!
You can help The Women’s Sports Network translate NETBALLMoJo into to Chichewa and have it modified culturally and practically for girls in Malawi. £5,000 will modify NETBALLMoJo, re-shoot some of the images and print/deliver 1000 copies to those communities to encourage girls into netball, give them greater confidence in their bodies through netball, help engage with community elders and potentially attract new sponsors.
Case Study - Phalula Schools, Balaka, Malawi.
The Mary Waya Netball Foundation (MWNF) regular netball sessions across Malawi - here at Phalula School in Balaka for 187 girls from around Phalula Trading Centre. The initiative was in partnership with Old Mutual and Netball Association of Malawi.
Mary Waya Netball Academy
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