The national senior women’s netball team, the She Cranes, are lining up a countrywide tour in January next year.
The tour, which will see the She Cranes traverse all the regions in Uganda, is aimed at garnering support for the team ahead of the 2015 Netball World Cup.
“We believe the tour will bring on board new fans and more support for the She Cranes,” national team coach Fred Mugerwa told Saturday Monitor. “Uganda has always been at the top in netball worldwide and we are looking to extend our winning to the World Cup. But we will need a lot of support from Ugandans.”
During the tour, the She Cranes will play exhibition games against the respective regional select sides. Uganda Netball Federation (UNF) this week summoned 30 players to start training ahead of the World Cup due August 7-16 in Sydney, Australia and the tour will be part of the preparatory sessions.
But as the training started at Namboole, UNF revealed they need Shs70m to facilitate the training and regional tour. During the tour, Mugerwa believes, they will get more sponsors and well-wishers to support the team’s World Cup bid.
Despite being one of the most successful sporting disciplines in Uganda, netball continues to grapple with inadequate funding. In most cases the national team travels without basic requirements.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor