Coaches onto final step in Advanced career

A group of highly talented NSW coaches have reached the final step to achieve their Advanced Coaching Accreditation after months of dedicated hard work in improving their craft.

Fourteen emerging Advanced coaches from all across the State completed their final face-to-face session over the weekend, when NSW Swifts Head Coach Rob Wright took the participants through real-time training techniques and practices with a group of 2015 NSW 17/U Final Phase III athletes.

Assisted by Netball NSW Coach Educator Marion van Munster, the session was held at the Anne Clark Centre on Sunday 16 November and provided coaches with their final practical session before the next step in achieving their Advanced Accreditation.

The group will have three months to complete homework assignments (yes, homework doesn’t stop when you finish school kids!) and will source a Coaching Mentor to provide advice and assistance.

Once the assignment stage has been completed and signed off by Netball NSW, the emerging coaches will then work closely with their mentors during real-time match play to determine if they are ready for their final on-court practical assessment and to be awarded their Advanced Accreditation.

General Manager – Sports Development (interim) Dianne Brown said it was exciting to see another talented group of coaches coming through the development pathway and the opportunities it presents to athletes.

“I’ve received some really positive feedback from the group, who have found the sessions really engaging and informative.  Obviously it’s great to hear people are enjoying the opportunity, but more importantly it’s positive to see so many coaches striving to be better in their field,” Brown said.

“Not only does that continue to improve the standards of coaches in NSW, which is already highly respected, but it provides an opportunity for our emerging athletes to benefit.

“I’d like to thank Rob Wright and Marion van Munster for assisting in presenting the course, as well as the 2015 NSW 17/U Phase III athletes who volunteered their time to attend the course.  It’s been commented to me how patient and professional they were, and what an opportunity for the athletes as well to receive coaching from the likes of the NSW Swifts Head Coach!

“One young athlete travelled all the way from Armidale – a 10-plus hour round trip – just to attend the session, which was an amazing effort… all because she believed the opportunity was far too good to pass up.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to pass on Netball NSW’s best wishes to the emerging Advanced coaches, and wish them all the best for the final stages of their accreditation process,” Brown concluded.

For more information on coaching courses and workshops, including Coaching Accreditation Development Pathways, contact the Netball NSW office on (02) 9951 5000 during business hours or email