Potential State players put through paces

Some of the best young netballing talent in the State descended on the Anne Clark Centre over the weekend for the Netball NSW Talented Athlete Program (TAP).

This season, the specialist camp was tailored for all 2015 NSW 17/U Phase II athletes, with Netball NSW General Manager – High Performance Tracey Fear saying the new concept replaced the former Talented Athlete Program (TAP) weekend.

“Our objectives for reviewing the TAP program was to provide greater development opportunities to the athletes trialling for State selection, while also allowing NSW selectors to see the players in a training environment – therefore giving selectors a full dimension look at an athlete,” Fear said.

“The camp content was led by NSW Swifts coaches Rob Wright and Anita Keelan, whilst targeting key areas that selectors felt needed more work from the first phase trials. The program will both assist players to prepare for the second round of selections next weekend and also support their ongoing development.”

Held on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 October, athletes were put through their paces in a variety of court-specific training sessions, which also incorporated skill assessment and game play.  Almost 60 athletes participated in the camp, with four special guest athletes and their coach from Netball Singapore in attendance.

Although touted as a development weekend for 17/U Phase II athletes, the camp also provided an opportunity for Regional Academy of Sport and emerging Advance coaches to observe training and coaching techniques from Rob Wright and the other presenters.

“We had ten coaches attend the weekend, including a Singaporean coach, who got involved with hands-on coaching and received mentoring from six presenters and mentors, including Rob Wright and Anita Keelan who were brilliant,” Netball NSW Coach Development and Regional Academy Coordinator Dianne Brown said.

“The purpose of this exercise was to provide a development opportunity to our up-and-coming NSW coaches, giving them an insight to the High Performance environment and upskilling them to take that information back to their local community.”

The 2015 NSW 17/U Phase II selection trials are being held on Saturday 11 October at the Anne Clark Centre.
Click here to read the list of athletes announced to attend the second round of selections.