On Sunday, 6 May, 13 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander coaches attended a specialist coaching course at Mount Druitt Netball Association.
Coaches in attendance came from across New South Wales from the areas of Bankstown, Mount Druitt, Randwick, Orange, Campbelltown, Camden and the Inner West. They took part in a range of workshops covering the areas of Foundation Coaching Accreditation, Nutrition, Positive Youth Development, Game Sense and Mental Health and Resilience.
“Netball NSW acknowledges and celebrates the ongoing involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Netball. Recognising the current under-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across all netball pathways, Netball NSW is committed to increase efforts in supporting and engaging more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players, coaches, umpires, officials, volunteers, their families and communities,” explains Sonia Gouveia, Netball NSW Community Engagement Manager.
The course was funded by Coaching Unlimited, a national coach education program created in consultation with Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander communities and national sport organisations to deliver formal coach accreditation training in a variety of sports. In addition, Coaching Unlimited goes beyond initial coach accreditation by providing research-led educational programs that develop coaching knowledge and skills in meaningful areas such as nutrition, leadership, mentoring, health promotion and cultural connectedness. Coaching Unlimited is a multi-institutional collaboration between Western Sydney University, Macquarie University and UNSW.
“I can’t say enough how much I really got out of this,” shares participant Terrie Hill. “It was really good just to get back to basics. Both the theory and the practical sessions were invaluable for a learning coach. It gave me great confidence and understanding. Also the planning was a real key take away for me. It’s a must and I now see that how smoother the training sessions can be without thinking on the spot”.
“This course has definitely given me the tools to move forward confidently to put my hand up for a netball coach, which is what I will be setting my goal on in 2019,” says participant Kim Naden.
“This was the third Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander coaching course delivered in this format and we were thrilled with the diversity of the individuals who attended and their obvious passion for netball and the community. We hope that they will continue to use the skills learnt within their Clubs and carry on developing their experience and knowledge,” Gouveia concludes.
Netball New South Wales would like to thank Coaching Unlimited, Mount Druitt Netball Association and all of the coaches who participated in the course.