Fiji embrace new Netball programme
A band of volunteers, teachers and coaches in Fiji are armed with new Netball knowledge to take to the community following the successful launch of the first NetGO programme in the Pacific.
Silver Ferns shooting legend Irene van Dyk has been to Suva along with Netball New Zealand staff members Tania Karauria and Nic Jones to the introduction of the NetGO programme, part of the Pacific Sporting Partnership Programme Sport for Health Activity, aimed at getting more kids playing sport while highlighting the importance of physical exercise to improve health.
Feedback has been positive from Fiji which was the first stop for the $8 million initiative funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – an initiative shared by multiple New Zealand National sports organisations–rolls out over the next five years including in Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands.
Netball NZ chief executive Jennie Wyllie said it was exciting to see the PSP programme launched in style with impressive participation numbers from Fiji for NetGO.
“We want to increase awareness about healthy lifestyles and educate young people how to do this through physical activity and making healthy choices,” she said.
“The prime focus has been about a healthy lifestyle and education, and Fiji has embraced the two training programmes.”
Van Dyk – who is the Netball NZ ambassador and Junior Development Officer – delivered the first training session in November, targeted at the school physical education curriculum.
Karauria and Jones then delivered the first Oceania Foundation Coach Accreditation Workshop which was focussed on educating teachers and volunteers with fundamental skills for coaching Netball.
This workshop engaged over 80 teachers in activities and provided participants with educational Netball resources from which they can build future coaching sessions within their teams.
In the New Year, a kit containing Netball gear will be delivered to each school of the participating teachers in both programmes to help them deliver their learnings to students.
NetGO will continue to run through the Fijian Coach Developer team with the support of Netball NZ coaching staff.