Netball NSW co-hosted a workshop with Netball Australia and Western Sydney University on Sunday 6 August to provide coaching accreditation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander netballers looking to further their careers and continue giving back to the community.
It took place at the Genea Netball Centre, Sydney Olympic Park and included a Foundation netball coaching accreditation, mentoring and leadership workshops, as well as other learning opportunities around topics such as nutrition and mental health training.
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander coaches have a profound impact on the lives of athletes within and beyond the sports ground,” said Dr Andrew Bennie, Director of Health and Physical Education at Western Sydney University.
“Through coaching for example, Aboriginal leaders contribute to young peoples’ self-worth and cultural pride, while also providing opportunities to build healthy lifestyles.”
Sonia Gouveia, Community Engagement Manager at Netball NSW, said the organisation was delighted to be involved with the workshop.
“Netball is all about inclusion and helping ensure that there are equal opportunities for everyone and that is one of the key reasons for our involvement in this workshop,” she said.
“Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and helping them excel in coaching and leadership environments is a really important part of our community strategy and this was another part of that.
“The Indigenous High-Performance Camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra in July received some fantastic feedback and Netball NSW were keen to build on the momentum of this.
“We are really looking forward to what promises to be a wonderful day of learning and development for everyone involved.”
In addition to the coaching workshop, researchers from Western Sydney University, Macquarie University, and the University of New South Wales will carry out a formal evaluation of the coach accreditation day to help ensure this event, and similar initiatives, are custom built with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander coaches to ensure they determine the support they need to become leaders in their communities.
“The main purpose of the research is to learn more about the participant’s experiences in sports coaching, to understand the impact these workshops have after the participants return to their community, and evaluate how the workshops may assist their development as community leaders,” Dr Bennie added.
*Original article by Western Sydney University