By Quintin van Jaarsveld
KwaZulu-Natal netball coaches and players celebrated Youth Day by hosting a coaching clinic to a group of underprivileged local youth at the Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre in Gamalakhe.
Kingdom Stars head coach Marchelle Maroun, goalshooter/goalkeeper Michelle Segal and team manager and provincial coach developer Zola Starke – along with Western Province ace Lushinka Scott – shared their expertise with the girls aged between 12 and 16 through a number of training exercises.
They focused on improving basic skills, worked on technique and played an exhibition match as part of the Diamond Challenge, which will see South Africa take on African neighbours Malawi, Uganda and Zambia this week.
Kingdom Stars standout Segal said it was a privilege to spend time with the young hopefuls and was impressed with their athleticism.
“Having an opportunity to play in the Brutal Fruit Cup and knowing what netball can do for a person, it’s great to give back to communities and give them a sense of where netball can take them,” Pietermaritzburg-based Segal told eHowzit.
“There’s so much talent in KZN. I’m surprised with some of the girls today, a couple of them have a lot of talent and I hope in the next few years I’ll see a couple of them playing top-level netball,” added Segal, who’s also a coach and umpire.
The Diamond Challenge gets underway on Tuesday night with South Africa facing Zambia at 18.00 and Malawi taking on Uganda at 19.45.
Entry into the Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre is free for the duration of the quadrangular tournament, which concludes on Friday night.
Photos by Reg Caldecott