Young netball fans in rural New South Wales were given the chance to meet some of their heroes and get a taste of elite sport when Netball NSW’s Train Like A Swift coaching clinic travelled to Orange on Wednesday 20 April.
Over 50 girls, from 12-16 years of age, took part in the clinic which was overseen by NSW Swifts stars Abbey McCulloch and Stephanie Wood.
Fans from all over NSW are vital to the Swifts and both players were delighted to make the trip.
“It’s really exciting to come out to regional areas it’s not something we get to do often during the season,” Wood said.
“Just being able to come out here is great, the kids are always super keen.”
The clinic covered a range of skills and court awareness including mid-court strategy, technique, shooting and defence. The participants were also given advice on recovery and nutrition.
The first of its kind in rural NSW, the clinic is all part of the plan to keep improving the already high standards of netball throughout the state, and ensure the best pathways to success are maintained for the next generation of talent.
“We really love coaching, especially out in the regional areas,” McCulloch said. “The kids out here are great, they’re good listeners and they really want to learn.
“Quality coaching is very important in juniors for learning and getting to the top.
“A lot of the girls at the Swifts are going through that coaching process to become accredited so that we have those skills and pass them on.”
Mardi Aplin, Netball NSW’s regional coordinator for West-Central West, was delighted to see the Swifts in Orange.
“It is such a wonderful thing for these athletes to go to regional areas and deliver these clinics with their busy training and playing schedule,” she said.
“Our region loved having them share their knowledge and experiences with us and I know the youngsters will benefit from this throughout the season.’’