NSW coaches going from strength to strength

New South Wales coaches continue to tick-off goals on their development pathway with nine achieving their Advanced Coaching Accreditation in the last six months.

This is an incredible statistic considering there have only been five coaches to achieve their Advanced certificate previous to this season since 2010 – and there are some notable names amongst the list of achievers…

NSW Swifts’ Assistant Coach Megan Anderson is one of the nine along with newly-established South East Regional Netball Academy (SERNA) Head Coach Adele Caesar, Southern Sport Academy (SSA) Assistant Coach Rosemary Clarke, NSW 17/U Assistant Coach Amber Cross, Central Coast Academy of Sport (CCAS) Head Coach Gima Crowdy, Parramatta Auburn (PANA) State League coach Therri Ellison,  Swifts’ Contracted Specialist Defensive Coach Mo’onia Gerrard and her former teammate Sonia Mkoloma, as well as Western Sydney Academy of Sport (WSAS) Assistant Coach Marj Parr.

Netball NSW Coach Development Coordinator Dianne Brown said it was amazing to see so many coaches achieve their Advanced status, particularly in such a short time-frame from each other.

“This is a really talented group of coaches and it’s great to see their hard work being repaid by receiving their Advanced Accreditation.  To have so many in a relatively small period of time just shows how many great coaches we have in our system and in turn, the development and training they can help provide our young athletes,” Brown said.

The above list of coaches were invited to an Insiders Series workshop on the weekend, along with their Advanced and High Performance colleagues, at the NSW Swifts’ Round 13 home game on Sunday 25 May.

Australian Diamonds Head Coach Lisa Alexander took 15 coaches through a practical and theoretical session at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre, utilising the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) netball squad for a real-time training session.

The workshop allowed the coaches to view techniques in action, whilst also giving them an opportunity to ask their burning questions of the Aussie coach.

Brown said the experience was eye-opening for the group, with many commenting on how much they had gained from the workshop.

“I had coaches who have been in the system for a long time say how much they took from the session, which is really satisfying to know our Insiders Series can cater for all coaching levels.”

“We have seen an incredible response from our coaching community, including having world class identities such as Lisa Alexander give us their time.

“Hopefully we see this trend continue and some of those targeted coaches in the audience one day take reins and deliver an Insider Series workshop,” Brown concluded.

Keep your eyes on www.netballnsw.com for any news on upcoming Insiders Series or other innovative coach education workshops.  For more information on coaching accreditation courses and workshops, please contact Dianne Brown at the Netball NSW office on (02) 9951 5000 during business hours or email dbrown@netballnsw.com.