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Pacific Sporting Partnership continues success

Netball New Zealand’s Pacific Sporting Partnership (PSP) is into its third year, developing netball participation and promoting healthy lifestyles with young people in Pacific Island nations.

The partnership is funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) as part of the Sport for Health activities and represents a five-year commitment to work with the local netball associations and schools in Fiji, Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga.

Our slogan ‘Netball for Life’ and name ‘netGo’ embodies the focus of creating a lifelong love of netball and healthy lifestyle.

So far the partnership has trained 520 teachers and volunteers as foundation netball coaches, trained 64 student teachers in fundamental movement skills programme and provided 248 netball equipment bags to schools and clubs.

The partnership has developed two core programmes - The Oceania Foundation Coach programme, endorsed by the Oceania Netball Federation, an accredited programme targeted at those new to coaching and netball, and the netGO Fundamental Movement and Ball Skills programme targeted at all primary school teachers, providing them with a quality physical education resource.

“Teachers do not have enough ideas for how to take PE and sports. I asked Year 6 teachers ‘let’s go, and learn something it will be for your personal benefit and for the benefit of the children’,” said Renuka Rao, Principal of Saru MGM Primary School in Lautoka, Fiji.

“After going through the workshop they [the students] were so eager to come for the training because every day we teach them new skills and the training was a bit different. They just can’t wait for the next season to come,” said Filamena Delasou, Under 13 coach at Natabua Primary School.

Netball New Zealand has fantastic local leaders of the programme including Unaisi Rokoura in Fiji and Ruta Schwlager in Samoa.

In the Cook Islands and Tonga the programme is led by their executive and staff. In addition, a number of local coach developers have now been trained to deliver directly.

Training has been provided by some of our top coach developers and umpire coaches in New Zealand including Jen Hooper, Pam Clayton, Kim Hunt, Charissa Barham, Nicole Dryden, Tania Karauria and Nic Jones.

All activity is supported by great netball ambassadors including Waimarama Taumaunu, Irene van Dyk, Jodi Brown, Grace Kara, Maria Folau and Ruth Aitken.

We are always looking for ways to include our New Zealand netball community in the Pacific Sporting Partnership, including supporting our Pacific neighbours with netball uniforms, bibs and shoes.

Over the next few months Netball New Zealand will publish stories from each country but in the meantime, check out the netGO Fiji, netGO Samoa, Cook Islands Netball and Tonga Netball Facebook pages for the latest on what is happening in each region.