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Young coaches enjoy exposure to Netball’s best

Talking tactics with former Silver Ferns coach Yvonne Willering was just one of the highlights for young coach Paula Smith at the recent High Performance Coaches Workshop.

Smith, the coach of the SKYCITY Marvels in the Beko Netball League, joined a who’s who of Netball in New Zealand, including some of the best coaching minds in international Netball.

The room included seven Silver Ferns coaches, ANZ Premiership and Beko Netball League coaches, as well as Performances Managers from across the five Zones and umpiring representatives.

“It’s a pretty awesome opportunity to get the exposure and have the conversations with these people because you always think ‘oh that’s Wai, and oh that’s Lois’ but to have us all in the same room is great,” Smith said.

“It’s more about building confidence, being able to approach people, build relationships, communicating and also its really refreshing because we are all in the same position and we all want what is best for the game of Netball.”

As one of the younger coaches in the room, Smith said it was great to be part of the process of looking at the game and where it was going.

“I think it’s a big responsibility - it’s not just about deciding how the game will be played, but we have a responsibility to players at all levels of the sport,” she said.

“The game has changed but the fundamentals are still the same, so to get the more experienced coaches here to remind us what those fundamentals are, and look at different ways that we could be doing things…

“You have to look at the big picture so to be part of that process is awesome.”