International development continues to be a priority for Netball Australia with development staff recently returned from Malaysia where local coaches were identified and trained to assist netball development among juniors.
With Sydney hosting the 2015 World Netball Championships, Netball Australia is focused on leaving an international legacy within the Asian and South Pacific regions following the tournament in three years’ time.
Head of Sport Development & Performance Anne-Marie Phippard and Participation Manager Stacey O’Neill spent a week in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, training thirty local coaches to deliver the San Remo NetSetGO! junior development program.
The coaches from the Malaysian Netball Association (MNA) undertook a two-day workshop which included the delivery of the program to two centres before a pilot program is rolled out in 14 centres throughout Malaysia for girls aged 5-6 years old.
While in Malaysia, Netball Australia also facilitated a planning session with key MNA personnel and stakeholders to identify the barriers and opportunities that exist to grow and develop netball throughout Malaysia.
Following the meeting, a strategic and operational plan will be developed by Netball Australia for the Malaysian Netball Association to implement in the lead up to the 2015 World Netball Championships in Sydney.