All Netball Back on Track!

Written by on August 16, 2021

By Sinenhlanhla Ngwenya

Team SA during Africa Netball Cup held in October 2019
Image source: Netball SA website

Following the President’s national address this past weekend; Netball South Africa has finally resumed all netball activities nationwide.
“We are delighted that we are once again allowed to resume playing netball. As we get ready to do this, we will make sure that we adhere to very strict health and safety protocols as set by the government and our COVID-19 compliance teams. We still maintain that preserving lives is much more important than playing the game, it is therefore important that we do everything it takes to protect each other as we play netball. With immediate effect, all netball in South Africa is allowed,” said Cecilia Molokwane, Netball South Africa President.

Although the 21-day alert level three lockdown proved very necessary and safe, the netball teams nationwide were slightly affected. It led to limited face-to-face encounters with fellow teammates and in-person training. Additionally, because of this, the SPAR national championships set to take place in August have been moved to December.

Netball fans all around should now look forward to the much-anticipated Telkom Netball League, scheduled to take place in the upcoming weeks. Dates and venues are yet to be confirmed. Furthermore, that is not all that fans should look forward to. Junior National Championships, Twizza Netball Club Championships, Male National Championships and the SPAR Proteas training camps have resumed.

In abidance to the COVID-19 regulations, training clinics and workshops are permitted, with no more than 50 people present in a venue and these can start as of 26 July 2021. An exception will be made for players, technical team, coaching staff and medical staff in the event of a match or training.

“We understand that this stop-start may be challenging. However, this is done for the well-being of everyone and we will continue to do whatever it takes to make sure that netball resumes, and lives are spared at all times. We all need to work together and make sure that we do all things right. We are living in unprecedented times, and we are challenged to be flexible enough and be able to adapt to change as and when required to do so,” said Molokwane.

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