By John Tuerijama
A training programme for netball coaches has uncovered that a number of them lack the understanding about the rules and laws of the game.
The programme started in August this year and is being conducted by veteran umpire Mansie Tjivera and Wency Ndjitaviua who is Netball Namibia’s technical advisor. “The coaches lack the basic understanding of the game but I am positive about the programme,” Ndjitaviua said.
She said Namibia’s netball coaches are very much behind in terms of international rules and laws, hence the need for the introduction of the pre-level coaching course that will teach coaches and aspiring coaches the basic rules of the game. She added that the pre-level course also looks at the code of conduct for coaches and what is required for one to become a netball coach.
The training also covers topics such as basic playing rules of the game, how to plan coaching sessions, activities for beginners and how to ensure safety and to develop coaching performance. Ultimately, the objective is to improve the standard and quality of netball in Namibia, she stated.
Ndjitaviua said she was happy with the turnout and interest shown by aspiring coaches but was unhappy about the Omaheke region which showed little interest which is reflected in the fact that they only sent three coaches to the workshop.
After the pre-level training, coaches will do the Level 1 coaching qualification and then move on to Level 2 which is accredited by the South African Qualification Authority.
“We have registered a total of 35 coaches on our data base since the coaches training started but we will see an increase in number as the training continues throughout Namibia,” said Ndjitaviua.
She said programmes of such a nature were very important for Namibia which still needed to do a lot to promote and improve netball in the country.
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