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Netball president believes decentralisation will help grow the sport

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By
Carlena Knight

President of the Antigua and Barbuda Netball
Association, Karen Joseph believes that in order for the sport to
continue to grow, the school’s programme needs to move from playing matches
only at the YMCA Sport Complex, and should include communities across the
island.

The former national shooter and first local
Sportswoman of the Year shared the impact the association gained from moving matches
to as far as Willikies and Newfield.

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“I think that if the schools’ competition
starts to play netball back on some of the school grounds that it will be a
force to be reckoned with when the [students] come out and watch their team
play. I have been there, I know how it is,” Joseph said.

“The first time we played games for the
Village League in Willikies, that finished in December and the community came
out. It was an awe to see the community of Willikies come out because they have
never seen netball play in their village for all these years and they had a
team to reckon with.

“When you go to YMCA, YMCA doesn’t have anyone,
but that is our home and I wish I could change it, but I prefer doing the
Village League when I go into the communities and see the interest of the
villagers who come out. Netball is back in the minds of the people in the
community,” she
added.

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