Coach and Athlete Development Manager, Carol Byers, and Participation Manager, Stacey O’Neill, were in India for a week working with the Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP) partner Naz Foundation.
The Foundation is a non-government organisation that focuses on and raising awareness of HIV/AIDS and sexual health.
“Despite some language barriers, we were able to communicate some simple skills that will enhance the participant’s ability to coach other netballers,” Byers said.
“The girls were all very enthusiastic and keen to learn, and it was a great learning experience for us too.”
As part of the ASOP, Netball Australia, along with some of Australia’s top sporting organisations, aims to contribute to building the capacity of organisations in India to use quality sport activities as a way improve livelihoods.
The program involves talented young sports players and coaches in India together with Australia’s top sporting teams to develop their skills and support community development initiatives, as part of a series of sports clinics held in the region in recent months.
Other programs included the Australian, under-21 women’s hockey team, the Jillaroos, hosting a hockey clinic for under-privileged girls which included a game between the Australian and local girls at the Australian High Commission.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) ran a junior football clinic for the Goa Football Association where they trained coaches, putting them through a Junior License Course and mentoring new coaches to conduct the courses.
The sports clinic forms part of the non-government foundation’s work with under-privileged children, and teaches them the importance of outdoor sports, gender equality and basic hygiene.
ASOP partner Magic Bus India Foundation General Manager of Operations, Arish Syed, said their focus is sport for development outcomes.
‘We have some key domain areas like education, health, gender, and we use sport because it brings everybody to an equal ground,’ said Syed.
ASOP is an Australian Government initiative funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and delivered by the Australian Sports Commission.