The Netfit netball team in a group photo with students of Jerudong International School (JIS). PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS
BY Fadhil Yunus
The Netfit All Stars Netball Programme organised by the Brunei Netball Association (BNA) kicked off on Friday with a visit to the Jerudong International School (JIS).
Around 80 students ranging from Years 5-13 took part in the mass warm-up fitness session as part of a two-hour event.
“We are really proud to be invited by the Brunei Netball Association to introduce our programme into the school system in Brunei,” said Netfit Netball co-founder Sarah Wall in an interview with the Weekend Bulletin.
The session was divided into groups which focussed on specialised coaching in attack, shooting and defence. Smaller groups were formed to allow more coaching time from the elite players with the students, with a rotation in each coaching segment.
The session ended with a well-being focus, which among others talked about never giving up, sharing stories of adversities as well as the highs and lows of being a professional athlete.
Sarah added, “The well-being focus is one of the key parts to make sure that not only are you doing the physical work but you’re putting work into the mind as well.”
Participants also had the chance to work with the elite coaches in their specialised skills, primarily in the wing attack, goal defence and goalkeeper positions.
During the final part of the session which emphasised on balance, each of the participants were put into pairs and to control the ball using their elbows, which was a challenging task for them. “One of the parts of that class is skill and the other part is core and balance. We finish with some tricks to make the girls all have a laugh and smile,” Sarah said.
During the nine-day long programme, Sarah is joined by co-founder Kimberlee Green as well as seven other professional netball players from Australia and one from England.
The Netball Fit programme continues with a school visit to the Mumong Sports Complex today, whereby several schools located within the Belait District will be involved.
The selected schools comprise players who already grasped basic skills and are also part of a team in their respective schools and managed by coaches.
Meanwhile, a Community Mass Class will be held tomorrow and interested individuals can simply text 8772019 to book their tickets, pick up and purchase their tickets at Victorious Gym.
In addition, there will be closed specialised sessions with the ‘Royal Bees’, the national netball team; and an exhibition match between the ‘Royal Bees’ and Netfit All Stars at the Indoor Stadium of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex on November 8, which will serve as a final preparation ahead of the upcoming 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Manila, the Philippines.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin