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Netball New Zealand appoints Tammy Mehrtens as National Training Manager

Netball New Zealand is pleased to announce the appointment of Tammy Mehrtens as National Training Manager – Coach Development.

Mehrtens will work with the Coach Leads from each of the five Zones, to ensure the highest standard of training and support for more than 65 Coach Developers and Netball Development Officers across the country.

Mehrtens will also oversee the development and execution of the Community Coaching Framework, looking for innovative and interesting ways to grow and support coaches that aligns to national and international best practice.

Mehrtens joins NNZ from Netball Mainland where she has been the Community Netball Manager and Coach Lead over the lasttwo years, and prior to this spent five years with Sport Canterbury as a Community Sport Advisor.

In talking about her recent appointment Mehrtens said “I want to make sure that we are not just solely focused on developing better athletes, but that we are growing better people, and helping them to develop a lifelong love of sport, which will continue to add value to them throughout their lives.”

“Quality coaching and positive experiences are critical to keeping participants engaged in our sport. As coaches, we need to not only develop our player’s physical ability and knowledge of the game, but also enhance their motivation and confidence, in order for them to reach their potential and want to stay involved.”

NNZ has an extensive Coach Development Framework which encourages coaches to attend local workshops which target different aspects of the game, and help coaches gain new tools for providing that quality experience to players. The workshops are fun, practical and interactive with lots of opportunities to share ideas between coaches and put new learnings into practice in a safe environment. In 2017 there were over 800 coaching workshops offered throughout New Zealand.

Mehrtens reiterated the importance of the coach development workshops that are delivered regionally by trained Coach Developers.

“We want to create a network within communities where coaches feel supported and connected with others, to help share learnings and build a sense of camaraderie. Our passionate and friendly Coach Developers are there to help coaches of any level”.

“Coaching is an incredibly special and rewarding job where you have the chance to impact on someone’s life in such a positive and meaningful way” added Mehrtens.

If you are interested in coaching this season, please contact your local Netball Centre who will provide more details on workshops and support available and put you in contact with your local Coach Developer.