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Netball stars to visit Lesotho
Friday, 19 June 2009
A project co-ordinated and funded by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA) and the UK Sport International Partnership Agreement will see England’s Jo Binns travel to Lesotho to assist in the development of the game in that country.
Lesotho has suffered badly from AIDS affecting so many, but the three parties supporting the Binns’ visit know that sport can have a big impact on the young females in that community.
So the 24-year-old England captain will train local Lesotho coaches with Celtic Dragons goal keeper, Bianca Modeste, and former England coach, Liz Broomhead.
In an interview with Express.co.uk, Jo said that she would work with coaches for a number of days, prior to the players attending a series of workshops.
"Sport is so important, for physical and mental health benefits as well as the enjoyment factor you get when such large groups of people come together," Binns said in the Express.co.uk interview.
"This project is also used in collaboration with government initiatives as a means to educate women and girls."
CGF Chief Executive, Mike Hooper, said his organisation is keen to play its role in bringing sport to young people in developing countries.
“The CGF is strengthening its relationships with International Sports Federations and supporting a number of targeted regional sport development programmes in the build up to the Commonwealth Games in Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014,” Hooper said.
“The partnership with IFNA and UK Sport to fund a Regional Development Manager and programme of activity for Netball in Africa was the first of these, that started in 2008 and we are delighted now to be seeing the tangible outcomes of this programme.”