The Goulburn District Netball Association has encouraged its players to register their interest in the new Netball NSW-run Foundation Waratah and Warada programs.
The programs are targeted at players turning 13 and 14 in 2022, and were described by the GDNA as a "great opportunity" for local players who want to improve their skills.
"[This] would be particularly relevant for those players wanting to progress into the Academy Pathway at 15 years of age," the association wrote in a Facebook post.
"GDNA encourages all 2022 13 & 14 year olds to at least register interest in the program. Any of our representative coaches would welcome questions from any one interested in this program."
The programs are intended to focus on "functional movement, technical skills and well-being" of the players involved, according to Netball NSW.
They have been developed by Netball NSW coaches and sports development experts, and will be delivered by experienced coaches.
The intent behind the programs is to encourage athletes "to develop a strong base of technical, tactical, physical and well-being skills that will help prepare them to progress on the pathway and enjoy netball for life."
While the Waratah program is aimed at all players, its Warada counterpart is intended specifically for players of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
They will both promote a welcoming atmosphere, according to the Netball NSW website, and provide the coaches who participate with new challenges as well.
"Both programs will have a strong emphasis on support, inclusion and respect and will provide a wonderful opportunity for coaches throughout NSW to work alongside, observe and be challenged by those further developed along the NSW pathway," Netball NSW said.
Expressions of interest will close on November 26, and players who register will be given a calendar featuring dates, locations, and times.
EOI forms and further information about the program can be found here.
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