Taking Care Of Netball In The North

Yesterday Netball SA announced its Northern Suburb’s Netball Taskforce.

Lead by John Halbert (MBE), the Taskforce will review the delivery of Netball in the Northern suburbs from grass roots to elite participation. “I’m delighted to be involved” said Halbert.

“This will provide an excellent opportunity for Netball SA to best support the development of netball in the Northern suburbs”.

Netball SA CEO, Stephanie Greene, said the purpose of the Taskforce is to review the current netball environment and identify solutions for now and in the future to maximise the potential of all netball players, coaches and volunteers.

“It’s time to analyse the environment” Greene said.

“There’s plenty of kids playing netball in the northern suburbs but we’re not seeing them converted into the pre-elite level. So it seems there is a problem there – we won’t really know what we need to do without some analysis of the issues”.

“Plus the north is where the population growth is projected – so we need to ensure that we are thinking about the entire environment, housing growth, schools, transport and infrastructure development.” Greene said.

“We have been deliberate in putting together a high calibre Taskforce to provide Netball SA with sound recommendations to help best direct our activities going forward” said Greene.

“Under the stewardship of John Halbert, who was integral in the review of junior football, we are very confident that we will get a clear direction of how Netball SA can best support the development of Netball”.

The Taskforce includes:

  • John Halbert, MBE (Chairman)
  • Marg Angove, OAM
  • Jan Sutherland, CEO Sport SA
  • Bev O’Brien, (Deputy Director, Northern Connections)
  • Paula Nielsen (School Sport Unit, DECS)

The taskforce will report back to Netball SA early in 2011.

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