Volleyball Association of Malawi (VAM) has hailed Premier Lotto Malawi for renovating a volleyball court at Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC) in the city.
In an interview, VAM general secretary, Jailosi Nkhoma observed that the rehabilitation of the court will motivate players and spectators.
“The renovated court will have new features like a wire fence and terraces. The court will be extended to have a large free playing space.
“In the past, the ball could go beyond the playing area and there were a lot of obstacles from the balls from other playing fields. But with the addition of the fence, that will now be a thing of the past,” said Nkhoma.
He said the country has inadequate indoor and outdoor courts, hence the need for companies and individuals to emulate Premier Bet's gesture and help to improve the sports infrastructure.
“We need more companies and other individuals to help improve our volleyball infrastructure and build one major indoor facility which can be used by volleyball, netball, basketball, handball and other sporting disciplines.
“We also plead with companies to start sponsoring volleyball clubs so that they can have opportunities of playing more friendly games both locally and internationally,” he added.
Premier Bet commercial manager, Fady Younes said the volleyball court at BYC was in bad state.
“Premier Lotto has been working in Malawi for some time and we truly value the communities we work in. We also have a saying that healthy communities are happy communities.
“Therefore, we wanted to start Premier Projects and find a development that would give the community the chance to stay fit and active,” said Younes.
The renovations include levelling the ground and laying solid concrete to deal with the holes and bumps on the court.
“This is a complete renovation of the volleyball court. We’re going to repaint the court and build a solid fence around it for those who need more practice. The court is having a total makeover,” he added.
The court will host a tournament for local schools as part of the official reopening ceremony once the volleyball court at the BYC is complete in the next few weeks.