A combined seventeen netball coaches, 15 females and 2 males were assessed as competent upon the conclusion of a Level 1 Netball Coaching Certificate course, which was facilitated by Bridget Adams of Trinidad and Tobago, a member of the International Netball Federation (INF) Coaching Advisory Panel and the Chairperson of the Americas Federation Netball Association (AFNA) Coaching Committee.
Participants included Verne Alexander, Peanell Alfred, Felicia Clauzelma, Rawl Clauzelma, Junior Delice, Lindel Ford, Veronica Harris, Tamara James, Alice Lynch, Donna Lynn Joseph, Shem Maxwell, Marcia Montoute, Michelle Rogers, Roxanne Snyder, Noelita Tench, Matheline Walter and Saphia William.
The SLNNA congratulates the netball coaches for their interest and effort in ensuring the successful completion of this intensive weekend of course work and the grueling hours of practical sessions on Sunday (June 30, 2019) at the Vigie Multi-purpose Sports Complex.
The next step in this process is the acquisition of first aid certification; by those who do not already have the first aid certificate (which is valid for at least another 6 months). Moving forward, the participants commit to the formation of a netball coaching forum to plan and build netball development pathways for Under 13, 16, 19, 21 and senior netballers throughout the island.
Saint Lucia is due to receive a small INF/AFNA grant to facilitate the implementation of a project that is designed to strengthen organizational excellence in respect of netball administration; with emphasis on the establishment of decentralized and volunteer-driven netball administration mechanisms in the four quadrants of the island.
The objective of this initiative is to increase participation and empower emerging leaders, while raising the national profile of netball. Towards this end, due emphasis will be placed on capacity building and the establishment of governance mechanisms for the competent administration of netball at the club/community levels and the realization of established strategic objectives for the development of netball in the medium term.
Affiliates and other stakeholders are informed that the meeting planned for next Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Olympic House in La Clery has been rescheduled. The new date will be announced in due course.
Meanwhile, the SLNNA President, Rufina Paul – will be traveling to Liverpool to represent Saint Lucia at INF Congress (July 10 – 11, 2019); as well as a special meeting of Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA) on July 14, 2019. During her stay in Liverpool, President Paul will be seeking alliances that can benefit netball development in Saint Lucia, in the short run.