Fundamentals let us down Grant
Bermuda’s grassroots netballers possess natural ability but lack some of the fundamentals of the sport.
That’s the assessment of Bermuda Netball Association (BNA) senior executive Stacy Grant, who hopes some of the flaws will be ironed out during this week’s netball camp at Bermuda College Gym for girls between the ages of ten and 14.
“In my opinion our only let down is that the girls do not know too much about the basic rules of the game such as ball handling and footwork,” she said. “And these are some of the things being taught this week because once you know the rules you can play the game better.
“One of the advantages that we have is that we tend to be more athletic. A lot of the girls have a natural flair for the game but just need to hone in their footwork and skills such as shooting and stuff like that.
“Bermuda definitely has the natural talent and ability in our younger netball players that just needs to be honed in and fine tuned to help take us places.”
Grant said another objective of this week’s camp is to scout and groom players for future international competitions, such as the 2013 Under-21 World Netball Championships to be held in Scotland.
“This group of girls will form the nucleus of the team that will travel to Scotland and I think we will have a good chance,” she added.
“Most of the girls that are attending the camp this year also did it last year and so this is more of a continuation of the learning process to help improve the overall standard of our junior programme, which will then be passed on to the senior programme.
“The camp is being coordinated in such a way that everybody gets to learn and it doesn’t hold anybody back or push them too far. And we have different levels of girls with some more advanced than others who are just learning the game.
“We just have to keep our junior programme going and I thank XL Foundation for sponsoring this programme. Without them we would not have anything to keep the dream alive for 2013.”
Coordinating this week’s netball camp at Bermuda College are highly certified English coaches Kelly Davies and Annette Mirfield.
For the past two years former player and umpire Davies has been named Players’ Coach of the Year by the Coventry and Warwickshire Netball Association.