World #3 Goal takes Netball SA on Grass Roots Road Trip

by | Apr 8, 2013

Netball SA LogoNetball South Africa will tomorrow officially launch the Spar Proteas Support Road Trip, a country-wide drive aimed at improving the standard of coaching from grass roots level up.

SPAR Proteas national team coach Elize Kotze, Director of Selections Christine du Preez, and Netball SA Chairperson Mimi Mthethwa, will hold workshops with hundreds of coaches at school and club level to bring them up to speed with international best practice. Netball SA wants to assist coaches to develop players who can meet the needs of international competition.

The SPAR Proteas Support Road Trip kicks off in Cape Town at the Western Cape Sports School Nooiensfontein Road Kuilsrivier, on Tuesday April 9 from 2pm to 7pm. More than 100 coaches from Across the Western Cape have signed up to be part of the workshop.

The programme then moves to Durban (23 April); KZN Midlands (24 April); Seshego (7 May); Mpumalanga (8 May); Port Elizabeth (14 May); East London (15 May); Rustenburg (21 May); Bloemfontein (22 May); and Johannesburg (28 May).

“With four million plus active participants, netball is the second largest participation sport in the country. NSA has national squad players in all provinces and they will also be part of the programme. It is aimed at assisting and guiding the coaches towards the adjustment into formal and Professional Coaching,” said Kotze.

“As part of our national player development program we have started to focus on individual training programs to assist players to develop to their full potential. This has been met with limited success as the players need to be supported at regional and provincial level with the same approach,” said Kotze.

The programme will include, among others, coaching ethics and bench protocol; coach-and-player relationships; skills coaching and tactical play. Participants will receive a Mitre ball and a training DVD to assist when they return to their clubs and schools. A follow-up tour will be held later in the year.

The SPAR Proteas has consistently climbed up the international rankings and it is currently placed 6th in the world. Netball SA’s goal is to reach 3rd place by 2015, and to do this it wants to have a constant pipeline of international standard players coming through the ranks.

“In celebration of the year to turn Netball SA into Professional Netball, NSA has lined up a number of programs to ensure that the love of netball is awakened in all provinces; this includes carefully planned workshops that will ensure sharing of basic skills and information for each province to feel that they are part of the exciting anticipated growth in netball,” said Netball SA CEO Blanche de la Guerre.



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