The Central Coast Academy of Sport has launched its 2018 netball program giving 28 aspiring young athletes the opportunity to access quality development opportunities.
Sponsored by Greater Bank, the Academy takes netballers from across the region through Netball Australia’s Develop a Diamond Academy (DADA) program, that provides individual skill development and a pathway for state and national team selection.
As well as developing elite athletes, the Academy program also focuses on educating and developing local coaches and umpires under the Netball NSW guidelines.
Central Coast Academy of Sport’s Managing Director, Ian Robilliard, said that Greater Bank’s support, which has been ongoing for more than a decade, is critical to the ongoing success of the academy’s netball program.
“The financial contribution of Greater Bank is vitally important. Not only does it allow us to keep the costs down for the athletes, but to also build on what we refer to as the robustness of the program, by providing more resources and conducting more sessions,” Mr Robilliard said.
“Our program draws on the best athletes from the three local netball associations and provides them with a higher level of training, as well as education in youth leadership. As a result, we are not only preparing these players for higher representative honours, but also making them more rounded athletes and leaders both on and off the court.”
Mr Robilliard said that 2017 was one of the most successful years for the netball program and, along with the dedicated coaching staff, is looking to replicate and even better those results this year.
“This April we be participating in the Academy Games in Newcastle, where our Division One team who were undefeated in 2017 will be looking to repeat that performance. With the work that these teams have already put in on the training court I have no doubt we will enjoy another successful tournament there.”
The program will run through to September where the athletes will take part in an intensive four-day training camp in Orange.