Leadership through netball in Nepal

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Over 40 participants took part in the One Netball Asia project in Nepal, a two part program designed to develop skills in leadership and decision making, teamwork and building confidence through the sport.

‘I always dreamt and wished that netball would be given importance and would be recognized as an important sport like other sports in Nepal. I am going to use what I learnt here as an opportunity to educate the women and men of Nepal about this amazing sport.’ 

Following the Introduction to Netball Coaching course in July, participants took part in the Program Launch and Leadership through Netball program, with sessions and workshops conducted in child protection, first aid, best-practice governance, and community club planning and set up to ensure program sustainability in Nepal.  Leadership sessions focused on building self-awareness, identifying good leadership qualities and challenging gender stereotypes to position national players and representatives from the Nepal Netball Association as strong role models in their communities.

Results from the program showed:

  • The session helped the majority of participants understand their leadership style more, as well as potential leadership challenges and how to address them.  Most participants had never taken part in leadership training before, showing the opportunities to develop key life skills that netball offers.
  • 86% of participants now understand how to promote leadership qualities in their players, and the leadership skills that netball builds.
  • Most participants indicated they would now run leadership activities in their communities or with the netball players that they coach following this session, and nearly all participants will share what they have learnt and discuss leadership qualities and values with their players and communities. This promotes the importance of netball in developing skills that are widely applicable and the confidence to apply them to other aspects of their lives.

The training has equipped coaches with ‘Leadership Lesson Plans’ to run activities and discussions alongside netball programs that promote and develop the life skills girls can build through netball. This aims to create vocal advocates for the importance of sport for women and girls to learn and play, and improve their physical and mental well-being and social connectedness, to increase participation and investment in the sport.

 

One Netball Asia is an initiative of Netball Australia made possible through the Australian Government’s Asian Sports Partnerships.