JUNIOR district netballers have come to the end of a 12-week program with a twoday Ballarat Pride Academy camp held over Thursday and Friday.
Academy coach Jo Dash said Ballarat Pride is all about developing juniors. “We felt there was a real need for basic development on a consistent level of weekly sessions with top coaches teaching kids about more than just passing and catching,” she said.
Jo is an advanced level coach at the Australian level but on Friday the young netballers were put their paces by Victorian Netball League championship division coach Robyne Dawson (Melbourne University Lightning.
“Robyne is a former Vixens coach and has put the juniors through the decision-making process, pushing the girls’ games mentally,” Dash said. “We have had other championship coaches and experts and these girls have had the best in their field teaching them about preparing themselves, prevention of injury, recovery, strength and conditioning, we’ve had experts coming in to work with nutrition – they have had every facet of healthy lifestyle and building up the skills of netball over the past 12 weeks.” Dash added that the young netball players have come from all over the region including the Central Highlands Region with players from the Ballarat Netball Association, Central Highlands Netball League and the Ballarat Football Netball League.
“Pride is all about promoting our best players and even if they are not top level they will be very good at their technique and understanding of the game,” Dash said. “We have had training every Friday night for ten weeks and have finished it off with a two day camp.
“We have 23 in the academy and it’s been very much needed and we’ve seen some terrific development in their skills and understanding.”