Coach Carter passes on wisdom to Samoan netball

IMG_4915Megan Carter spent five years travelling the world and living in places such as India, Malaysia, America and England.

It gave her an appreciation of different cultures and, combined with her love of netball, sparked a passion to one day want to return to a developing nation and help grow the sport at a grass roots level.

Having spent a decade coaching at State League level in Adelaide and also South Australian underage sides to national titles, Carter registered her name for Netball Australia’s International Development Coach Register.

So when the opportunity came to travel to the Pacific Islands and deliver Netball Samoa’s Level 2 Coach Accreditation Course, Carter jumped at the chance to further develop her coaching experience in a new culture.

Carter, who is the assistant coach at the South Australian Institute of Sport, was accompanied by Netball Australia’s International Development Manager Olivia Philpott on her trip and said it was a memorable experience.

IMG_4922Carter spent a week conducting coaching workshops for netball coaches at all levels including community, primary school, secondary and club level.

“I did a lot of hands on (exercises), questions and answers sessions and role playing,” Carter said. “When we had to get across a lot of the fundamentals and philosophies, we got down to adult learning principles and did a lot of on court work as well.

“I know they really enjoyed that. They were really friendly and open and happy to debate issues but also very keen to learn.

“It was an opportunity that I was really pleased to take up and you come home with a lot to think about but also with a smile on your face – and that’s important.”

IMG_4928Among the highlights was visiting St Mary’s Primary School in the Samoan capital of Apia and holding a clinic for about 40 youngsters aged between eight and 13.

“When I saw impact that sport has over there, it makes you proud,” Carter said.

“They play on grass courts with no shoes, no lines and no nets. They just make do and the love of the game for them and sport is a real currency.”

Netball Australia partners with Netball Samoa under the Australian Government’s Pacific Sports Partnerships program to deliver One Netball Pacific.

This has involved developing Netball Samoa’s Coaching Accreditation Framework and building the capacity of local coaches to deliver and assess accreditation courses.

Netball Samoa now has seven Level 2 Coaches that can continue to develop the skills of local players.

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