Volleyball Association of Malawi (VAM) has trained 10 coaches from the Northern Region, thanks to funding from Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC).
The three-month course, which targeted primary school teachers, concluded last Saturday in Mzuzu.
MOC general secretary Jappie Mhango, who is also VAM president, said the initiative aims at advancing volleyball skills in teachers.
Mhango said the training is part of MOC initiative in making sure that its affiliated bodies like VAM get support to improve their sport.
“As a mother body, we provide financial support to all our affiliates for coaches training. And in the Northern Region, we have managed to equip 10 teachers with volleyball coaching skills. We feel this is the right approach to improve the sport in the country,” he said.
Northern Region Volleyball Committee chairperson Kafumu Nkhoma said 70 players have been identified through practical lessons the teachers were conducting in surrounding schools.
Speaking on behalf of the participants, Jusa Matemba assured the trainers that they would use the skills gained.
“We thank MOC and VAM for coming up with this initiative. The training will go a long way in enabling us to nurture new talent in our respective schools,” said Matemba.
VAM vice-president James Kaunda earlier indicated that the volleyball national team is inactive due to lack of talented players.
“It is clear that as a nation, we are yet to have a strong national team that can bring results. We believe that with these trainings, best players will be spotted in various schools,” he said.