The award, which is to be made during the next three years, will be allocated across all nine England Netball regions, and is intended to develop the quantity of quality coaching and coaches available to athletes across the country. And, as Nigel Holl, England Netball’s Director of Netball explains, this will have an impact on players of all playing standards:
“This new Sport England award, which is in addition to our current funding from our key partner, will enable England Netball to develop an increase in the quality of coaching, and thus the quantity of better coaches, working right across the regions in the regional programmes and with clubs.
“We have been given awards for all of the nine regions across the country, which will enable our Regional Bodies, Regional Managers and their support teams to deliver increasing support for players, coaches, umpires and administrative staff at club and academy level. In turn, this will encourage more young people to progress in the game and develop their lifelong commitment to netball, be that as players, coaches, umpires or administrators. This is a hugely exciting opportunity for our sport.”
2/ ENGLAND NETBALL NETS SIGNIFICANT SPORT ENGLAND AWARD
As a direct result of the new funding stream, England Netball will be recruiting full time (or full time equivalent) regional coaches to work alongside and support the existing coaches in any given regions. In association with Sport England’s network of regional managers, England Netball will be implementing new training and development programmes for coaches and players, and helping more clubs to work to CAPS accreditation, demonstrating their own commitment to training and development.
“This award, and the resulting programmes which we will be implementing, will not supercede the excellent work which is already being done in our regions. We will be looking to develop new and enhanced partnerships with Sport England to build on the superb work already under way across the country,” continues Nigel Holl.
“Netball has been rewarded for the comprehensive plans and proposals which were presented to Sport England and I would like to pay tribute to the regional managers and their support teams for the hard work which they have put in so far to ensure that our submissions were as extensive as possible.”
Further information about the implementation of the Club and Coach programme and how it will affect clubs across the country will be available shortly at www.englandnetball.co.uk.
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