Netball managers, coaches, umpires and players were all equipped with the latest rules of the code during a well-attended workshop held at the Farrer’s Netball Court in King William’s Town recently.
King William’s Town Netball Association chairperson Milisa Dom facilitated the three-hour session and was pleased with the enthusiasm shown by the more than 40 attendees.
Dom, who has Level 2 coaching accreditation, said she did not expect never expected such a huge turnout at number of participants on their maiden attempt.
“After watching our first leg fixture games and witnessing so many mistakes made by players and coaches as well as umpires, we as an executive saw a need to present this workshop before we start with our second leg games,” Dom said.
“King is mostly surrounded by rural areas and it seems as if netball is concentrated in on urban areas like the town, Zwelitsha and East London.
“It was sad to see talented players lacking the basic skills of netball with their coaches also not equipped to assist them, hence we decided to intervene,” she said.
During the workshop, Dom emphasised the importance of players doing the correct warm- up exercises prior to games.
“I’ve seen many occasions when teams took to the court without any proper warm-ups, which makes players vulnerable to injuries,” Dom said.
She also advised players to wear takkies that were suitable for playing netball.
Players were than divided into groups and shown various exercises, where they rotated under the supervision and watchful eyes of coaches.
Shooting Stars Netball Club coach Lindiwe Tebeka said the coaching clinic was educational, exciting and interesting.
An elated Tembakazi Fatyela, of Black Balls Netball Club, said: “The workshop was just what I needed to encourage me to continue developing my players and I commend Milisa for presenting it in such a way that we all understood and enjoyed it.”
Acorn Valley United Netball Club manager Tully Winnaar said the workshop had helped to get coaches up to speed with the latest rules.