Set to be launched in February next year – just in time for the start of the new season – the Foundation Coach Accreditation Course is targeted at beginner coaches, teachers, parents and ANZ NetSetGO coaches.
It outlines introductory coaching information and basic netball techniques and is the first step in the national coaching accreditation framework.
For only $50, you can log on at a time that’s convenient to you and complete all of the modules to receive your certificate of completion and your Foundation Coach Accreditation.
You must be a financial member of your local netball association to access the course.
Netball Australia remains a world leader in providing online education programs for community netball personnel and the coaching course complements those already in existence for umpires and bench officials, which have proved extremely popular in 2015.
The advantage of using an online system is that it allows participants to learn at a time and place that suits them and also significantly reduces the workload on volunteers administering coaching courses, allowing them more time to mentor developing coaches.
The course will feature video content from Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander along with other coaches and athletes from all levels of netball.
Netball Australia’s Head of Community Strategy and Netball Development Anne-Marie Phippard said investing in grassroots community coaches was vital as they are often the first point of contact for youngsters starting out their netball journeys.
“Regardless of whether you are coaching junior players or elite athletes, as a coach you have a duty to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for participants develop and improve.” Phippard said.
“Coaches learn a lot about themselves as they develop their coaching skills and the great thing about this is that the learnings can be applied to all aspects of life..
“Netball Australia strongly encourages coaches to be resourceful and engage in their own learning and seek out opportunities to build on their coaching knowledge and skills.”
Stay tuned to Netball Australia’s website early next year for details on how to access the course.