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New Zealand coaches brainstorm future blueprint

New Zealand’s leading coaches have wasted little time in taking lessons learned from the Netball World Cup victory to plan the blueprint for 2023 and beyond.

Over 40 coaches have gathered in Auckland over the weekend to take part in a coaching forum as part of the High Performance International Coach Development Programme, supported by Barfoot & Thompson.

Netball New Zealand Coach Development Manager Tania Karauria said it was an opportunity for the country’s leading coaches to come together as a community and share their knowledge to move forward.

The forum included key note speakers David Rath, Innovative Coach and Education Manager for the AFL, and Professor Rich Masters from Waikato University while the ANZ Premiership coaches, who were involved with the Netball World Cup campaign, also shared their findings and experiences.

Four members of High Performance Sport New Zealand also took part in the two-day forum while Silver Ferns assistant coach Deb Fuller spoke along with team management members.

Karauria said there was a “special buzz and vibe” during the event following on from the success at the Netball World Cup but also an acknowledgement that they could not rest on their laurels.

“There was an opportunity to hear from other codes with David Rath speaking to us about coaches, culture and creativity,” she said.

“While Professor Rich Masters focused on performance immune to pressure, player perception and creating a winning environment.”

ANZ Premiership coaches Kiri Wills and Marianne Delaney-Hoshek also discussed their findings having travelled to Liverpool to follow the Silver Ferns World Cup campaign.

Karauria said it was all a part of a plan to build New Zealand’s game moving forward.

“We don’t want (the World Cup win) it to be a five minute wonder,” she said.

“What Noeline (Taurua) and her whole team did was outstanding and we want to look at how we keep that ball rolling – what we want our game to be by 2023 and just as importantly beyond that.”

A follow-up forum will take place in November where key threads from this month’s event will be put forward to ANZ Premiership and Beko Netball League coaches from around the country.