Botswana Netball Association (BONA) has partnered with their sponsor; Spar Supermarket in supporting the association’s coaching staff.
This is after BONA has identified coaching as a glaring area of concern that has contributed to the compromised quality of the game in the country.
Limited coaching development at team level is further attributed to the challenge the association faces with developing quality coaches at national level.
Similarly the challenge of inexperienced and poorly nurtured coaches impacts on the quality of the netball athletes the country can produce.
With this in mind, BONA and the sponsor have come up with a programme that will see coaches being developed at club level.
“My SPAR My Botswana Netball League is a key feeder to the country’s national teams especially the Under-21 and the senior national team.
Therefore a quality league will result in quality players being produced,” said the BONA Publicity Secretary, Kelebogile Maplanka.
Maplanka said a quality league with well equipped coaches will result in correct technical and tactical abilities being imparted to players.
“They will enable them to compete regionally and internationally,” she said.
As part of the solution to address the coaching standards in Botswana, SPAR will sponsor a coaching clinic that will be facilitated by an international coach Elize Kotze from South Africa.
According to Maplanka, the coaching clinic will target two coaches per team participating in the 2013 My Spar My Botswana Netball League.
It is anticipated that a total of 40 coaches will be part of this coaching clinic drawn from affiliating clubs from both the northern and southern clusters.