The programme has been developed to introduce juniors aged 10 to 13 years to new netball skills and the response was overwhelming with 75 junior participants.
Coaching development is also a crucial part of the future sustainability of the NetGo programme and 18 coaches participated in the netball clinic, including six national academy athletes, who did an amazing job teaching the skills they have learnt.
The clinic had four stations teaching different skills, with the juniors rotating and receiving coaching from a variety of Foundation coaches.
Pacific Sporting Partnership country co-ordinator John Glassie said the coaches relished the opportunity to deliver the knowledge they have learnt to the young athletes.
“Our coaches’ positive energy and newly developed coaching style had an awesome effect, with the youth eager to learn and try their best to perform the introduced skills,” he said.
The next Junior Foundation Development Programme will be at Arorangi on Saturday with a coaches’ meeting at 7am, followed by player registration at 7.30am, with an expected finish time of 10am.
Parents and coaches wanting to participate are welcome to come along and are encouraged to attend the coaches’ meeting.
After the completion of the three sessions, a Junior Foundation Development Squad of up to 30 athletes will be selected.
The squad will then participate in an eight-week development programme aimed at improving footwork, ball skills, general knowledge and nutrition for a healthy lifestyle.