Rainbow Paints Limited has rescued the Southern Region Netball League with a K4 million sponsorship package for the 2015 netball season. The package was unveiled on Tuesday at the company’s Head Offices in Limbe, Blantyre.
The Southern Region Netball League Committee secured the funds with the help of Sports Writers Association of Malawi (SWAM).
According to Rainbow Paints marketing manager Bruno Silas, the company has sponsored the league, which kicks off this Saturday, as part of its 25th Anniversary celebrations.
He added that Rainbow Paints decided to sponsor netball because ‘it is the only sport which puts the nation on the world map’.
“We thought it wise to sponsor the League because netball puts Malawi on the World map. For Malawi Queens to continue shinning in netball we need to develop the sport from the grass root level,” said Silas.
While expressing the company’s confidence in the league’s administrators, Silas reminded them to ensure professionalism.
Netball Association of Malawi general secretary Carol Bapu hailed Rainbow Paints Company for the package and urged other companies to emulate the gesture.
Bapu was saddened that netball struggles to get sponsorship in Malawi despite being the only sport that puts Malawi on map.
She cited the Central and Northern regions which run without sponsorship.
“Despite a lot of companies going through financial problems, we are very thankful to Rainbow Paints for their kindly gesture. Let me salute them and Swam for considering netball,” said Bapu.
Southern Region Netball League Chairperson Khungekire Matiya said the sponsorship will also help the Queens’ performance since most players in the team play in the league.
“We salute Rainbow Paints for this timely gesture at the time we nearly kicked off the League without sponsors. We can assure the sponsors that we will not disappoint them,” said Matiya.
According to Matiya, champions will cut home K600, 000 while the second placed team will receive K300, 000.
The third team will go home with K200, 000 while the fourth team will have K150, 000 consolation.
In the media category, according to Sports Writers Union President Peter Kanjere, they have included a new category of the best female sports reporter.
Kanjere said this was one way of encouraging female reporters to take a leading role in covering netball.
Other categories are best on-line reporter, best television reporter, best in print media, best radio reporter and best photo journalist.