We need more top netball coaches – Campbell

first_img HIGH NUMBERS IMPORTANT Coaches obtain these badges through the University of Technology’s coaching courses, which starts at Level One and move up to the Jamaica Award, from which coaches can move on to the international level. But Campbell says there needs to be greater urgency in training top-class local coaches. “There is a UTech advanced course. But the Level One starts in a few weeks, and from there, you move through the different levels. The Jamaica Award takes you to the next level of going international and coaching at that level. It’s not an easy course, because it’s for top coaches, and the theoretical, scientific and psychological sides and the whole preparation of playing at that level is not as easy to grasp,” noted Campbell. “But Jamaica is doing what is best to get coaches up to that level, they just need to speed it up, although I think they are trying to do that. We need more coaches, as we are in a bad place now, because the ones that are qualified are just not interested [in coaching the national team] at this time,” Campbell said. International umpire Sylvester Campbell believes there is a need for more top-level local persons fit to coach the national team and is imploring Netball Jamaica to increase the pace at which they are turning out international-level tacticians. The senior Sunshine Girls have been without a coach for more than two months and most of the handful of local qualified coaches (those holding a Jamaica Award, which is the highest qualification locally) are either unavailable or have expressed no interest in the position. This has left the team in a coaching dilemma since late last year. But Campbell, who also sits on the international testing panel of the International Netball Federation, says the answer to problem is to improve the number of accomplished top-level local coaches. “In any system it is good to have a lot, more to choose from, so it’s good to have more. The cadre [of top level coaches] needs to be bigger, enough for you to pick, choose and refuse from. So it’s important to keep the numbers high so we don’t get in the position we are currently (with national team) in where there are only a handful, when we could have more,” Campbell commented. “A league like BEL (Berger Elite League) was played at a high standard, and you need coaches in it that can coach at a very high level. Coaches you can see and pick because they are performing at the highest level,” he added. Currently, only Oberon Pitteron-Nattie, Connie Francis, Minneth Reynolds, Annette Daley and Maureen Hall hold a Jamaica Award, while Tracey-Ann Griffiths, Conrad Parkes and Marvette Anderson are now completing theirs. GREATER URGENCY NEEDEDlast_img read more


first_imgA Donegal GAA club are using the technology they have available to them – in an effort to reach their club diaspora now based abroad, to help fund their exciting new pitch development. Termon GAA club are using the internet to reach GAA supporters across the world, having taken on an ambitious project to develop a training pitch. Termon GAA are fundraising through a grand draw and members are selling tickets throughout Donegal.The internet provides an opportunity to reach GAA supporters nationally and across the globe so the club created www.termontickets.com where tickets for the grand draw can be purchased from anywhere.“There is a large GAA supporting population across the world and our own club Termon have a number of players and members living outside the area. www.termontickets.com will give anyone from our diaspora, and indeed the wider GAA community who wish to support our fundraising, the opportunity to do so.“ said Daniel O’Donnell, chairman of Termon GAA club and former chairman of Chicago Wolfe Tones, US.“We have a grand draw with lots of prizes including a €2,500 cash first prize, All Ireland tickets, weekends away and lots more”. Tickets for the grand draw are €10 or 3 for €20. More details at www.termontickets.comDONEGAL GAA CLUB USES TECHNOLOGY TO REACH DIASPORA FOR EXCITING PITCH DEVELOPMENT PROJECT was last modified: June 9th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DiasporadonegaldrawGAAnewsSportTermonlast_img read more