NSW coaches learning from the best

A group of NSW Regional Academies of Sport and State League coaches recently had the opportunity to attend a coaching workshop conducted by Australian Netball Diamonds’ head coach Lisa Alexander.

On Monday 23 March, Lisa Alexander took charge of a New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) on-court training session at Netball Central, and in the preceding days, approached Netball NSW about inviting coaches who work with athletes in either the high performance or elite pathway.

Approximately 25 coaches attended this session, being able to listen, observe and ask questions of Lisa throughout the 2-hour training session.

“One of the most impressive things about Lisa [Alexander] is that she is always on the front foot, she’s always engaging us [the Member Organisations], and always offering up opportunities,” said Di Brown, Netball NSW Volunteer Workforce Manager.

“Since this training session, we’ve received lots of positive correspondence from attendees, with a number citing the lengthy pre-training conversation Lisa had with the athletes around compliance and what it takes to be a Diamond as a highlight.”

“Everyone felt so fortunate to have access to the National Team Coach and how giving Lisa was of both her time and knowledge,” expressed Brown.

A focus for Netball NSW heading into 2015 was to make available themed coaching workshops, targeted to all levels, from grassroots to high performance.

This vision perfectly supports the new national Coaching Blueprint released by Netball Australia on Tuesday 31 March, which is about providing a world leading development system to support netball participation at all levels, and ensure that the coaching community is empowered and well supported.

“While this particular session with Lisa was targeted at coaches working in the high performance arena, we are hopeful of getting some time with Lisa around her National Team commitments to conduct a workshop specifically for coaches working at a grassroots level,” said Brown.

“Netball NSW already has in place a large number of coach development opportunities across the state, and we are looking to expand these as the year progresses,” concluded Di Brown.

Further details on coaching courses including Foundation and Development Coaching; Dare to Develop a Diamond 11-13 & 14-16 year-old Coaching; Community Coaching General Principles; and NetEd Coach on Court Workshops are available here.