The Botswana Netball Association (BONA) will host a coaching course from the 29th to 31st March, with the assistance of Women and Sports Botswana (WASBO). The training, aimed at imparting skills to coaches on styles of play, tactical sessions and tactical circle defence, will be held at the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) warm up area.
The level 1 certification course will be facilitated by Dr. Anita Navin, Head of School- Sport and Exercise at the University of Gloucestershire in the United Kingdom. The course is aimed at enhancing the coaches’ knowledge and skills, as part of BONA’s project of enhancing the national team’s capacity to compete against the best in the World. BONA has previously stated that capacitating the national team has to start with enhancing the mindset and skills of those tasked with imparting knowledge to the players. BONA Vice President- Technical Lorato Thebekgosi said in an interview that the only way to being a netball powerhouse is through ensuring that coaches have top notch qualifications.
“We want to strongly challenge for honours at the highest level; and to do that we need to equip our coaches with the right tools and qualifications,” said Thebekgosi.
She added that they intend to differentiate qualifications across coaches, which will make it easy for the Association to identify coaches suitable for national teams based on merit.
“It is critical for national teams to be guided by high quality coaches that can help grow the game,” she said.
The sudden dip in the performance of the netball national teams has reportedly irked the Association and bolstered it to institute urgent interventions. BONA is under pressure because Botswana will be hosting the 2017 under 21 World Youth Championships. The expectation is for the national team to stamp its authority against the likes of England and Australia.
“Though we have been performing badly against the likes of England and Australia, we believe things will change for the better if we enhance our coaches’ skills. The facilitator has immense experience and hopefully she will take us to a level where we can easily give international powerhouses a run for their money,” said Thebekgosi.
The course will be attended by national team coaches, Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) and southern and northern zone coaches.
“We could not leave out former national team players because some of them are still within our structures and will continue to add value to domestic netball,” said Thebekgosi.