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Unaisi Rokoura: Netball Coaching Clinic A Hit

The two-day clinic targeted to upskill and accredit teachers who are coaching netball in primary and secondary schools in the Northern division.
27 Apr 2019 11:00
Unaisi Rokoura: Netball Coaching Clinic A Hit
Former Fijian Pearls captain/ coach Unaisi Rokoura talks to participants at the Oceania Foundation coach accreditation programme in Labasa on April 26,2019. Photo: Laisa Lui

The Oceania Foundation Coach Accreditation Programme conducted its first netball coaching clinic in Labasa yesterday.

This is in partnership between Netball Fiji and Netball New Zealand funded by New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The two-day clinic targeted to upskill and accredit teachers who are coaching netball in primary and secondary schools in the Northern division.

Participants have to complete 50 modules.

Former national netball captain/ coach Unaisi Rokoura said they’re trying to develop our teachers for the past two years.

“We had to close the registration. Thirty three (33) were registered but 26 turned up and that is good.

“It’s the school holidays and for the teachers to be back in a classroom means so much to us and we will do the best we can to give them as much information as we can and help them,” Rokoura said.

“At the end of the two days, our main goal is to make sure they walk out as confident coaches.

“The response from the teachers has been amazing knowing that nothing much has been happening in the Northern Division. But this is a start, we have to start somewhere.

“We’re thankful to the government of New Zealand for the funding and Fiji Netball for running the program here.

“Netball New Zealand sends coach developer Tammy Mehrtens to assist us in running our programme.

“At the end of the two day program, the teachers will be certified coaches.

“Apart from that, this is not just about netball, we’re trying to combat non- communicable diseases (NCD) and have a healthy lifestyle.

We want to make sure that netball is a leading female sport in Fiji that’s promoting healthy lifestyle.

“We want to be inclusive as well, we had male teachers who attended in Suva and eight Indo-Fijian teachers that we already have accredited, who are now Oceania Foundation coaches.

“The programme is not only for those that are already coaching but for those who want to start coaching, it is simple and enjoyable as well.”

They will also conduct a similar program in Savusavu on April 29-30. Those that missed out can register in Savusavu.

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback: laisa.lui@fijisun.com.fj



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