School sports: Netball Singapore, MOE launch training resource for primary school pupils

SINGAPORE - Netball Singapore(NS) and the Ministry of Education (MOE) on Wednesday launched a new Primary School Netball Co-Curricular Activity (CCA) resource for pupils aged between 10 and 12.

The resource is meant to guide teachers in designing comprehensive and age-appropriate training programmes for students. It includes guidelines and activities, such as sample training sessions to develop technical and tactical netball skills for pupils.

There will also be workshops conducted by Australian high performance coach Julie Hoornweg for teachers and coaches on how to use the resource. She was a key contributer to the writing and development of the resource, which was three years in the making.

Ms Jessica Tan, a Member of Parliament for East Coast GRC and President of NS said: "This partnership provides a coordinated approach towards the development of the fundamental skills of the students at a young age which provides a strong foundation that teachers can build on to further develop their technical competencies."

A hundred schools are expected to be trained via the resource by next year. There are also plans to develop a similar resource for secondary school students.

Schools which lack their own coaching and training infrastructure stand to benefit the most from this resource, which gives them a structured programme to build foundational netball skills, provides tips on physical preparation and injury prevention, as well as training plans for off-season, in-season and peak-season periods.