As momentum builds towards the netball world cup next year, a key focus for the International Netball federation (INF), and NWC2019 organisers is the continued development of the sport globally, prompting the launch of the legacy project; NET2019.
Funded by UK Sport, and delivered by England Netball in partnership with the INF, NET2019 aims to provide coaching advice and facilitated netball sessions to empower women and girls through the power of netball around the world.
In particular, the scheme will place an emphasis on two key territories, Africa and South America – continents where netball is rapidly gaining influence. Predominantly NET2019 will focus its work in Zambia and Argentina. Here it will work with each of the country’s netball associations to develop the provision of netball at grassroots levels, whilst also supporting the development of talent and high performance programmes, which have been proven to raise the profile of the sport within their communities.
In Argentina, England Netball Coach Educators have already been holding Level 1 coaching courses for representatives, facilitating opportunities to raise the profile of netball in the country through introductory courses and engagement with education institutions. Representatives within this cohort will then be identified to continue the training of netball coaches within the region.
While the South American effort will concentrate on grassroots development, in Zambia, NET2019 will be working directly with the national side. NET2019 will aid the development of their high performance coaching, as well as developing links between charity groups focused on community development and lobbying support across government, sports councils and other charities.
The legacy project, which began in October 2017 will see an overall investment of £90,000 over the three years, building towards the Netball World Cup in 2019. England Netball’s Head of Coaching, Sian Foley-Corah said about the project;
“England Netball is delighted to be supporting the development of netball across Argentina and Zambia.
“We know only too well that netball is a powerful tool in developing physical and mental wellbeing, and can be the catalyst for positive change in the lives of women and girls.
“We are excited to see the continued impact of this work and showcase the power of the Netball World Cup in the legacy of the sport around the world.”
Clare Briegal, CEO of the International Netball Federation concludes: “We are thrilled that this legacy project is targeting territories where we can make real and lasting impact and are delighted with the progress made so far.
“Both these schemes will help grow the participation of netball on a large scale and create a much-needed sustainable infrastructure.
“This aligns perfectly with our development goals and our mission to bring communities together to empower them through netball.”