Cayman netball will be looking for fresh talent this summer.
National coach and technical director for Cayman netball Gillian Lee is spearheading skill clinics for women aged 15-20 across Grand Cayman. The Cayman Islands Netball Association sessions start from next Tuesday, 10 July.
Lee, an Australian who took up her post in April, spoke about the clinics’ importance.
“In my first months, I am finding out where things are at,” Lee said. “I’m visiting all the schools, meeting with principals, Physical Education teachers, netball coaches and clubs. I want to find out what I’m starting with and I’m using that and my own knowledge to set up a five-year strategic plan.
“That is my main job the first couple of months. Because it’s the school break, after the summer I should have the plan done. It’ll cover from primary school right up. Things can change but you need something that you’re heading towards.”
The free clinics will take place every Tuesday this month starting on 10 July and ending on the 31 July. They continue into August, starting on the 7th and ending on the 28th.
An additional session for 11-14 year-olds is being planned for Thursday evenings while a senior clinic is scheduled for Wednesday nights during July and August.
The Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts will serve as the venue for those clinics from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Participants are advised to bring plenty of drinking water.
The Under-21 sessions are being used to identify a national youth team ahead of the seventh World Youth Netball Championships in Glasgow, Scotland on 22-31 August, 2013. The netball association intends to send at least one local squad to that competition. Lee might try various types of training methods for that competition.
“Ahead of events like the U21 championships in Scotland, I would consider training in different or colder climates. Locally, I might consider a cold storage facility. There are many things I would need to prepare the girls for. Remember, my focus is not only on the grassroots, but on the national teams.”
In addition to the skill clinics, there will also be three week-long primary school camps, aimed at grades 3-6, in various districts. George Town, via the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, is up first on 9-13 July with action shifting to John A Cumber Primary in West Bay on 23-27 July and East End Primary on 30 July-3 August. Each camp runs from Monday to Friday, 9am-12noon.
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