Net2019 is the Netball World Cup 2019 Legacy project, which was funded by UK Sport, and delivered by England Netball in partnership with the World Netball.
The project started in 2017, with Zambia and Argentina the two countries selected to be involved.
The mission of Net2019 was ‘to empower women and girls through the power of netball and the legacy of the Netball World Cup 2019’ and one way this has happened in Zambia is through the setting up of community hub sites. These hub sites are now engaging with over 8,000 girls under the age of 16 and over 200 coaches nationwide.
Chibolya is just one of the places in Zambia with a hub site, which has now been running for 4 years, solely by local volunteers.
In that time, the original coordinator has moved on to be the Zambia national team’s assistant coach, whilst four girls have progressed from the hub sites to be selected for youth national teams.
This hub site runs monthly tournaments and at the most recent tournament there were 11 teams, 200 participants and 12 coaches. Whilst at the tournament, the 200 participants, plus a further 50 young girls from the wider community, took part in a life-skills session.
Another goal of the Net2019 legacy programme in Zambia, was to train more coaches nationwide.
Recently across all the hub sites another 15 young leaders have achieved their level one coaching qualification. Indeed over 100 level 1 coaches from the hub sites have been trained in the past 4 years, showing the scale of the legacy of the Net2019 project.
To find out more about the Net2019 project and its success, visit the Intentional Women’s Working Group (IWG) hub, here, where you can read and download our insight resources.
Here are some recent pictures from the Chibolya hub site in Zambia: