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Netball Northern focus on young leaders

Netball Northern hopes to grow young leaders through a new series of workshops aimed at devloping leadership skills both on and off the court.

More than 20 young people aged 12-17, who were selected by their respective schools from the Counties Manukau region, took part in the workshop which is designed to work with those who are starting to exhibit leadership qualities.

The programme, which was delivered by Sue Emerson from Unitec, looks to use Netball as a vehicle to provide opportunities for young people to learn about and develop their leadership skills.

Four workshops will focus on different aspects of leadership including captaining, coaching and umpiring and participants will be also be supported to complete a Community Impact Project where the young leaders will be able to put their learnings into action.

The inaugural workshop, which was held at Toia - Otahuhu Recreation Precinct in Auckland, focussed on developing an understanding of leaders as influencers towards a common goal or purpose. Attached to the Netball Leaders workshops will be opportunities to obtain NNZ Coaching and Umpiring qualifications through the Netball New Zealand modules and with support from Netball Northern personnel.

Northern Stars mid-courter Christina Oscar and Liz Ene from the Northern Comets Beko Netball League team made a guest appearance at the first Netball Northern Zone “Netball Leaders” workshop.

A team of Netball Northern Zone development staff also took part in the day to develop skills which will enable them to deliver the programme and workshops moving forward.

For more information on how you can be a part of Netball Leaders, or to register your interest, please contact the Netball Leaders Programme Coordinator, Zak Middleton on