Young women in Samoa are gaining netball coaching skills and confidence through an Australian funded training program. Netball Australia’s coaches are sharing their knowledge and passion for the sport, and developing Samoa’s capacity to build the sport of netball in the country. The hope is that 25 years from now, these teenage girls will be healthier from a lifetime of involvement in netball, and the game will add an important dimension to their lives as educators and community leaders.
The training is part of the Australian Government’s $29 million Pacific Sports Partnership program. In Samoa, Australia has partnered with five sporting organisations to offer opportunities to learn new skills, improve fitness and increase knowledge of healthy practices. The programs in Samoa, and throughout the Pacific, are helping to reduce the Pacific’s vulnerability to non-communicable diseases, tackle inequalities experienced by women and girls, and improve opportunities for people living with disability.
Coaching the coaches