Netball Mainland has worked closely with Netball New Zealand and High Performance Sport NZ to develop the Zone’s player development guidelines, in line with the national body.

We are committed to providing the best possible environment for players to achieve their potential and promote a lifelong involvement in the sport.

Sport NZ and HPSNZ recently undertook extensive research and engagement regarding talent development. One of the research findings encouraged children to play a variety of sports and activities; we cannot predict or talent ID who will become a future Silvermoon Tactix player at the age of 11 or 12 (Year 7 and 8).

We believe the new approach to Talent Development will enable more children to play Netball and encourage them to stay in the game for longer. Instead of 12 representative players, there are now opportunities for hundreds of children to stay in the game in the Years 7 and 8 space and play tournaments.

For example; Festival days have become an exciting part of the year 7 and 8 calendar this year. Many Mainland Centres including Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, North Canterbury, Christchurch and Nelson are hosting Festival Tournament Days, where clubs from across various Centres can enter multiple teams to compete against one another. This initiative enables a larger number of players to experience tournament netball and will lead to a bigger pool to choose from at U15 level.

It is innovative programmes like these, backed by research, which will contribute to a lifelong involvement in Netball, and unearth potential Silvermoon Tactix players and Silver Ferns.

For further information about Sport NZ’s Talent Plan click here

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