Netball Australia appoints key coaching role

JLawrence Head Shot_07.04.15Netball Australia has announced the appointment of Julia Lawrence as General Manager – Coach Development.

Lawrence, pictured, brings two decades of experience in coaching, administration and management to this position which will be responsible for the strategic direction and program development for coach accreditation and development at all levels of the sport.

She will work across all areas of coaching from Community through to High Performance.

After spending the past five years as Technical Manager at Netball Singapore, Lawrence is excited to return to Australia and tackle the opportunities and challenges in this new role at Netball Australia.

“In particular, I am looking forward to improving the connectivity of our coaching systems and its people – connecting the conversations between Netball Australia and its member organisations and engaging with coaches of all levels,” Lawrence said.

“It’s about understanding how to continue Australia’s competitive advantage in coaching, bringing alive the Netball Coaching Blueprint to support all coaches in their learning and development.

“This includes identifying and developing experienced coach educators and mentors, fostering an online learning and development environment for all coaches and establishing a succession plan to identify and support coaches at the national level.”

Lawrence has been part of the International Netball Federation’s Coach Advisory Panel for the last two years, presenting at the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 INF Coach Workshop.

“It’s great to have someone of Julia’s experience and capacity leading this important area of the business,” Netball Australia’s Head of Community Strategy and Netball Development Anne-Marie Phippard said.

“Our Coaching Blueprint was launched this year and aims to provide a world leading development and support system for our coaching community, who play a vital role in our sport. Julia’s knowledge and expertise will be a key asset in guiding a new national direction for coaching in Australia.”

Lawrence will commence in the role in late January.