Fourth NJ/UTech coaching course underway
Twenty local coaches started the fourth Netball Jamaica (NJ)/University of Technology (UTech) Level 1 coaching course at the weekend.
Marva Bernard, president of Netball Jamaica, said her organisation was pleased to be staging another course. She said that the impact on the sport has been tremendous to date, and mentioned that the new head coach of the Under-21 squad, Christopher Smart, is a graduate of the course.
President of the International Netball Federation Molly Rhone lauded the participants for taking the step to invest in themselves. She said netball could only get better with better-trained coaches right across the board.
Smart, who graduated from the course in 2012, endorsed it while saying that it had made him a better coach. Since then, he has won two competitions and is a force to be reckoned with in the Berger Elite League as coach of the St. Catherine Racers. He was recently appointed head coach of the Under-21 training squad that is in preparation for the 2017 World Youth Netball Championships in Botswana.
One of the participants, Delroy Johnson, coach of Holy Childhood High School, said that he expected to become a better coach at the end of the course based on the scientific methods to be taught. He added that he hopes the course will help him to achieve his school's dream of winning the national championship this year.
Dr. Kamilah Hylton, acting dean of the Faculty of Science and Sport at UTech, said that she was ecstatic to be hosting the course another time.
"We believe that the two (science and sport) are married, so for it to be held here, we are absolutely delighted to be a part of such an event."
The course will run for six weeks, all day Saturday and Sunday. Some of the topics to be taught include nutrition, anatomy, sport psychology, fundamentals of netball skills, sport management, among others. The participants will sit a theory and a practical examination at the end of the six weeks.
Kim Mair, chief executive officer of the Joan Duncan Foundation/JMMB Group (new sponsor), said that her organisation was on board to support the development of the sport of netball. The other sponsors are the International Netball Federation, Netball Jamaica Foundation, Supreme Ventures, and Jamaica National.