Netball is back in regional New South Wales, with the start of Netball NSW’s brand new competition, Schools Cup hitting netball courts from Young to Dubbo, Port Macquarie to Queanbeyan, plus many more along the way.
The new tournament aimed at 10 to 11 year old students began with Phase 1 – Schools Cup Local Day – with Kempsey the first regional town to kick-start the competition on Wednesday 13 March. Read more about Schools Cup action on the North Coast, South Coast and Riverina regions.
An hour down the coast, Taree also received a netball visit when Netball NSW brought its regional tour – NetED – to their Association.
NetEd is a program which provides an opportunity for members based in regional areas to enhance their skills and update their knowledge. The program is designed to meet the specific needs of the region, and effectively service the requirements of players, umpires and coaches.
Over 70 coaches and umpires enjoyed a beautiful sunny day at Taree Association on Saturday 16 March, with the NetED program facilitated by Netball NSW staff members including Jan Simpson (Umpire & Officials Coordinator), Nicole Bowles (Regional Coordinator – South Coast/Riverina), and Rachelle Brazier (Regional Coordinator – North Coast/Far North Coast).
The group was split into groups of umpires and coaches, with special guests Kate Thornborough and Joan Schubert assisting Netball NSW as course presenters.
Simpson and Thornborough presented to the umpire group on a range of topics, including match protocols, preparation for State Age and State Championships, as well as running through practical scenarios of vision, position and obstruction.
Bowles, with the assistance of Schubert ran the coaches through a range of practical sessions on the different areas of the court, as well as presenting Netball Australia’s ‘Dare to Develop a Diamond’ program to over 40 participants.
Netball NSW will be bringing NetED to regional towns around NSW throughout the year. Head to the Netball NSW Calendar for more information.