The senior women’s netball team, the Gems, which is in camp ahead of a trip to Uganda, has received a major boost from a local sanitary manufacturing and retail concern.

The Ugandan trip is part of their 2019 World Cup preparations.

The team which requires over $ 200 000 for its Liverpool World Cup roadmap and preparations, has lined up a number tours to Uganda, South Africa and Namibia ahead of the international showpiece.

The ladies continue to work hard and hope to lift the country’s flag in July this year and inspire young girls by being role models.

Sponsor, Farai Sanitary Products, unveiled their partnership with the Gems and marketing executive Paddington Mupfurururirwa said they shared the ladies energy and excitement.

“We are proud of the senior ladies netball team’s achievements as well as qualification for the Liverpool World Cup showpiece in July this year hence we saw it fit to partner them,” he said.

The partnership with the firm is initially for a three-month period during which they will receive consumables every month and is subject to renewal after the World Cup.

Zimbabwe Netball Association president Leticia Chipandu said she is hopeful more corporates and government will continue to support the team to ensure continued success.

“We are grateful for the gesture and partnership as the girls will play with confidence. I am sure the Uganda tournament will give the necessary exposure and competition ahead of the World Cup,” she said.

The mood and morale in the camp is high after a month-long camp and the ladies are looking forward to a successful tour of Uganda on the 30th of April following the hard training camp they are undergoing.

The Gems are preparing for the Uganda tournament following the cancellation of the annual Pent Series in Namibia as part of their preparations for the July 2019 World Cup in Liverpool, England.

The team has been in camp for the past months at St Peters Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools, their home for the past 14 years and training at the nearby Mbare Netball Complex.