A netball expert Jo Binns who is the country for a 10 day workshop in collaboration with Botswana Netball Association (BONA) and the International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA) said she is happy with the status of the sport in the country.
The 25 year old has already been to the World Cup as a player and assistant coach. Binns is a talent development coach and a former International player with the England team, infact she has played with some of the local players here in 2007 at the World Championships.
According to BONA president Tebogo Lebotse part of the reason why Binns is here is to offer support in developing a Coach Education and Accreditation Structure. They will initiate for BONA to have a coaching structure that is sustainable and self sufficient and ultimately aligned to the Africa Regional and International Coaching structures. This part according to Binns looks to be achievable as the coaches around has shown tremendous knowledge in netball and are equally experienced.
‘’I can confidently say I am impressed with the level of commitment from players and coaches here. They are both hungry and eager to learn. We are doing the first phase of this programme and hoping that all will go well. Players here have a lot of talent,’’ Binns told Voice Sport.
According to Lebotse, BONA expect Binns to have helped them and offered support in establishing a Talent Identification (TID) programme and pathway from 12 years of age to elite through a National Squad Support Programme. This looks to be achievable according to Binns as they are already working on how to catch talent and develop it at the right age.
‘’The biggest challenge is to balance the development and talent, looking at the long-term goal which helps develop the basic skills.”
On Saturday another expert, Anita Navin, a former England Under 17, 19, 21 and National Squad who retired last year will be In Botswana to deliver and conduct the workshop to 10 Coaches identified by BONA, who include, Senior, Under 21 and Under 19 Coaches, BONA Out of School Coach and Zonal National Squad Selectors, BISA and BOPSSA Coaches Representatives
Lebotse explained that her association was happy and that they expected a long term outcome for the initiative that is hoped to impact on the performance of Botswana nationally and internationally. ‘’This will be measured at the Africa World Qualifiers in September 2010, the All Africa Games 2011 and the World Youth Championships in 2013. It is targeted that this initiative will also impact through an improved world ranking position for Botswana. This workshop was deliberately structured in such a way that it will coincide with the camp of the BONA Senior Team Squad of 25 players which is currently on camp in preparations for the Africa World Qualifiers to be held in South Africa from the 5th to the 12th September 2010. These inaugural games will be held under the auspices of the new regional body, Africa Netball and they will most importantly, determine the two countries that will, together with Malawi, participate in the World Netball Championships July 2010. The games will also provide the opportunity for world rankings.’’ Lebotse said.