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Netball plans big for 2009

Written By : ELIKI DRUGUNALEVU. Netball Fiji is to change their approach in the New Year, say Milika Munivai. The NF president revealed yesterday their plans to improve netball in
01 Jan 2009 12:00

image Written By : ELIKI DRUGUNALEVU. Netball Fiji is to change their approach in the New Year, say Milika Munivai.
The NF president revealed yesterday their plans to improve netball in 2009.
According to Munivai, the NF is looking to improve its relationship with the various associations that are affiliated members.
“We have a lot of plans for this year and also the affiliated members of NF. We have a new-look committee and they will be in close contact with all the members,”Munivai said.
“They will be looking at the small things and informing the members on what they should know and do in regards to registration, where to bring their registration forms and when.
“We are also looking at changing the attitudes of some of the executive members of our affiliated members. They should be able to know their role in the association, the president, the treasurer, secretary and so on,” Munivai added.
According to Munivai, she is looking to implement in Fiji the concept of netball that she learned on her trip to Palmerston North in New Zealand. “I went to Palmerston North, New Zealand in 2004 with another netball executive and I noticed how well structured their netball is over there,” Munivai said.
“They usually go and teach their various members on the objectives of netball that they should know about which is really good plus other things and I am looking to implement the same concept here.”
Munivai said that they are looking to change this year because of a disappointing turnout to one of NF’s major tournament.
“Last year was really a big headache for us because during the IDC only half of the affiliated members of NF turned up for the tournament,” Munivai said.
“We told the members to send their registration two months before and some didn’t while some gave theirs just prior to the start of the tournament and I am looking to improve on that this year.
“It doesn’t take much to register. It’s only $5 and their association collects it and then they send it to us.”
Munivai said that the only two associations that increased there participation and membership in the sport for 2008 was Suva and Lautoka.
Munivai then further stated that the year 2008 has brought both failure and success as far as the sport is concerned.
“In terms of success for 2008, some of the associations that were inactive returned and some old members increased their membership which was really good”, Munivai said.
“In terms of failures, previous active members say for example Naitasiri have been the champions in the minor associations for two years and last year they did not come and so they missed out on selection,” Munivai said.




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