Introduced in 2013, Netball NSW is already seeing the rewards of its new Uni Links Program, which is helping to provide more experienced coaches to the netball community.
Twenty-two students have recently completed both Foundation and Development coaching accreditations in the program.
As part of their degree, students must complete 35 hours of volunteering, with the majority choosing to volunteer at a netball Association to tally their hours.
Melissa Omar, a Netball NSW Development Officer (DO), has come through the program with accreditation and is putting her new qualifications to work.
Omar said the program helped her lead an Under 10 team at Campbelltown Netball Association as part of her volunteering.
“I have been a Netball NSW DO for almost six months and this program has helped increase my confidence to promote and coach the sport I love,” Omar said.
One key part of the program for Omar was the Foundation Coaching Manual.
“I absolutely love the Foundations Coaching Manual; there are so many simple and useful coaching activities to use when coaching young ones. I have referred to this manual all season while coaching my under 10s. They all enjoyed the activities and it has helped improve my coaching ability.”
Following the success of the program in 2013, Netball NSW Community Engagement Manager Kristy Guthrie is looking forward to continuing the Uni Links Program in 2014.
“Students undertook 35 hours of coaching experiences throughout various Clubs and Associations which is a great initiative to provide Associations with more qualified coaches,” Guthrie said.
For more information on the program contact Netball NSW Community Engagement Manager Kristy Guthrie via firstname.lastname@example.org.