Blantyre and Districts Netball League (BDNL) has resolved to suspend plans to hike registration fees for teams and players in the 2020 season as a relief in the wake of economic hardships due to coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
BDNL chairperson Junier Kazembe yesterday the said development means registration fee will be maintained at K40 000 per team and K1 000 each player.Kazembe yesterday said This was agreed on Friday after the league conducted a virtual meeting to review the 2019 Rainbow Paints League season and discuss how the 2020 season should be handled once the outbreak ends.
“We believe this will help the clubs to heave a sigh of relief, considering the financial struggles worsened by the outbreak,” she said.
BDNL clubs have since welcomed the development, saying it is a timely gesture.
“We are thankful to the league for the consideration. As one of the unsponsored teams in the league, we already struggle to raise registration fees and it could be worse to effect the fee hike, especially at this time when we are facing this global pandemic,” said Serenity Stars’ chairperson Dalitso Chinyama-Mwase.
Other issues agreed during the meeting were that the 2020 Rainbow Paint League throws off two weeks after the pandemic is declared over and coaches should arrange training programmes for their players to follow while at home. An umpires’ refresher course will also be conducted prior to the league start.
Rainbow Paints sales and marketing executive Jangale Chiosa said they are ready to bankroll the league “once life returns to normal”.
BDNL, which comprises 11 teams from Blantyre and other Southern Region districts, is one of the country’s main leagues that contribute players to the national netball team, Malawi Queens.