Former Silver Ferns captain and coach Waimarama Taumaunu will hold a workshop for teachers in Rarotonga in January, as part of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade-funded programme which has already been delivered in Fiji.
The focus of the workshop will be to arm teachers with the skills to deliver netball to students in schools as part of their physical education curriculum.
The Pacific Sporting Partnership (PSP) is aimed at increasing awareness about healthy lifestyles by educating young people and encouraging them to play sport.
The initiative, to be delivered through clubs and schools throughout the Cook Islands, will also move to Tonga and Samoa this year.
Taumaunu said she was looking forward to working with the teachers and seeing them take their skills and resources back to the schools.
“Sport has many benefits and is such an important part of life not only in New Zealand, but also the Pacific Islands,” she said.
“I’m excited to see the NetGO programme being delivered in the Cook Islands and to watch the game grow.”
Netball Cook Islands NetGO country co-ordinator John Glassie will be working with the teachers too.
During term one of the new school year he will continue to provide support to the teachers in their delivery to students.
The partnership also includes the Sports for Health Rugby programme which was launched in Samoa earlier this year and will be delivered in the Cook Islands, Tonga and Fiji.