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Support for National Coaching Roadshow

Netball’s Coaching for Success National Roadshow has ignited a buzz among coaches keen for new tools to prepare the next generation of New Zealand netballers.

The tour has two more stops before coming to a close, but Netball New Zealand (NNZ) Manager for Coach Development, Tania Karauria, said the response to the roadshow had been overwhelmingly positive.

“It’s been really pleasing,” she said. “We’ve seen community coaches who are hungry for knowledge, and they’re hungry for a new knowledge.

“The game is rapidly changing and coaches were really excited to get these tips, thoughts and ideas from those who bring skills from across the board.”

Coaches from the Northern Zone, Waikato-BOP and Mainland have already taken part in the roadshow with Southland the next destination before coming to a close in the Central Zone.

The interactive workshops were led by Silver Ferns assistant coach Deb Fuller who looked at campaign planning, followed by sessions from Nic Kelly (Movement to maximise performance), Sharon Kearney (Optimise performance and management risk) and Charissa Barham (Creating an environment that ignites motivation in Youth to excel).

Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua also made a guest appearance during a visit to Auckland to offer her insight into preparing athletes for the elite game.

“The generosity of the Silver Ferns coaching team has been amazing particularly in a World Cup year when there is an excitement building about where our game is heading,” Karauria said.

Aimed primarily at secondary school coaches, the roadshow was designed to bring four experts in to demonstrate the fundamentals of Youth Coaching.

Karauria said it had been a number of years since NNZ had toured the country and coaches were eager to take part.

“In Hamilton we had over 45 coaches who took part and came from as far north as Tolaga Bay and throughout the region,” she said. “We’re now heading to Southland which has been a stronghold of netball and are expecting a large following there.”

Once completed, Karauria said there would be further access to on-going programmes and resources based on the Coaching to Success workshops.

“This (roadshow) has been two years in the making with a lot of input from a number of areas that had been identified as areas of concern,” she said. “In terms of a follow-up we want to ensure that the resources are accessible to any coach.

“The big picture for us is ensuring we have a healthy coaching community and supporting the role of our coaches.”