The SPAR Protea netball team have been called up for a netball camp ahead of their international duties in Australia, during October. Members of the team are pictured at the Garden Court on June 03, 2012 in Pretoria, South Africa, including (back, from left to right): Lana Krige (Assistant coach), Erin Burger, Zanele Mdodana (Vice-captain), Chrisna Bootha, Amanda Mynhardt (Captain), Vanes-Mari du Toit, Aneret Viljoen and Elize Kotze (Coach); (Front) Precious Mthembu, Mampho Tsotetsi, Annemarie Frost,  Bongiwe Msomi and Thuli Qegu. Photo: Reg Caldecott / Gallo Images

The SPAR Proteas will be taking part in a rigorous three day training programme this weekend, at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport (SAS).

Rob Benadie, CEO: Stellenbosch Academy of Sport, is looking forward to having the SPAR Proteas train in the brand new facility, recently opened in January. “Our aim is to create a training and preparation environment for elite athletes. We want to provide a world class environment where teams can focus on their training and leave the rest to us.”

Dr Sherylle Calder and her assistant Christi Botha who often work from the SAS, will be training with the team, and focusing on their Eye Gym programme. “This is a very crucial training camp” said SPAR Proteas coach Elize Kotze ahead of the camp; “We are very privileged to be hosted at such a top facility and to have Dr Calder and Christi with us. That is why we decided on Stellenbosch.”

This training camp forms the start of the four-week cycle that will prepare the SPAR Proteas for the Quad Series that will see them take on New Zealand, Australia and England. “We want to have a look at the players that haven’t been in the system for a while, and to see how they measure up against the SPAR Proteas” said Kotze. “This is an opportunity for the rest of the squad to prove themselves.”

Looking ahead of the Quad Series, Kotze explained that she was proud with the team’s performance; “I am extremely happy with how the players have been managed and improved since they beat Northern Ireland in July. It is great to see the growth in the team, and the win against Malawi in the Diamond Challenge has given them the confidence to take on the top three netball nations in the world.”

The Quad Series team will be announced on Monday.