Developing NSW Regional talent

Netball NSW’ new Regional Development Squad, consisting of 40 talented regional athletes between 15-18 years old, met for the first time at the Genea Netball Centre recently to train under the expert coaching some of NSW’s best.

The athletes were put through various sessions throughout this one-day camp to improve and grow their netball skills.

GIANTS Netball Strength and Conditioning Coach Simone Freeman ran an intense session followed by NSW Swifts Assistant Coach Anita Keelan taking the girls through an on-court session, while Colleen Mitchell and Marji Parr also shared their knowledge during another on-court Session.

NSW Swifts Claire O’Brien took the squad through individual ball skills, while the squad also learnt about the important of home programming.

In 2017 Netball NSW (NNSW) took the NSW 17s Phase one trials to three different regional areas in addition to the Metro trail; Armidale, Orange and Canberra.

This was the first time NNSW had taken trials to regional NSW and was done to ensure regional athletes had the opportunity to trial and progress along the NNSW athlete pathway. This decision allowed athletes in regional and remote areas of NSW with similar opportunities as those in metro NSW.

During these trials, there were a number of regional athletes, which showed great potential and were asked to be involved in the regional development squad. The regional development squad encompasses athletes from all seven regional areas in NSW; Hunter, West/Central West, Far North Coast, South Coast, Northern Inland, North Coast, Riverina.

The aim of this program is to provide selected athletes with more opportunity to excel in netball. Many of these regional athletes may not have access to specialist coaching and Strength and Conditioning sessions. In contrast, the high-performance coaches also benefit from the opportunity to observe and interact with these up and coming regional athletes.

Further camps will be held throughout 2018 to continue to encourage and coach the up and coming regional netballers.