Upskilling Willaston coaches now possible thanks to Mazda

The Willaston Netball Club Committee.


Willaston Netball Club is the fifth lucky club to win a $1000 Mazda Community Netball Grant.

Club president Rebecca Pierotti said the funds won will be spent on upskilling coaches by enrolling them in Netball SA coaching courses.

“We have seven senior and 10 junior teams, all coached by volunteer coaches,” she said.

“The $1000 will allow our netball club to provide our coaches with training. We have welcomed many new coaches to the club this season and for many it was their first year in the role.

“These new coaches will now we able to take part in the Foundation Coaching Course to provide them with the basics, while our coaches who have been at the club for a season or two can take the next step and do the Development Coaching Course.”

In addition to enrolling the coaches in the two courses, Rebecca said she hopes to organise a session where all the coaches can take part to align the coaching styles and manners at the club.

“At this session the instructor would share drills that coaches can use. They would also run through potential conflict scenarios that can take place during the season.”

As well as improving the knowledge of coaches, which will hopefully have a flow on effect of wins on the court, Rebecca said she hopes showing that the club supports coaches will result in more locals signing up to the roles.

With six Mazda Community Netball Grants available, a winning club is announced each month from May through October. Grassroots netball clubs around South Australia were invited to apply for the Mazda Community Netball Grants earlier this year.

Mazda is a proud partner of Netball SA and the Adelaide Thunderbirds.