It’s boot camp for the netballers

Among those making the most of the opportunity to work on her pre-season fitness thanks to Mid Canterbury Netball’s boot camps, is Hayley Tallentire.

Mid Canterbury Netball has been helping the district’s players work on their pre-season fitness, by putting on a series of boot camps.

Mid Canterbury Netball’s netball development officer Natalie Shaw said the boot camps were a precursor to a series of player development sessions which would run for four straight weeks at the conclusion of the boot camps.

The boot camps are running on a Thursday night at the EA Networks Centre and they have two weeks left to run before the player development sessions get under way.

“We want our players to have the best start to the season in 2019, whatever their ability and playing level, and our player development programme is designed for this,” Shaw said.

“Each of the four weeks will be run by specialist coaches who will focus on a particular skill.”

The specialist coaches will include local players and coaches, as well as Netball New Zealand’s Hannah Coutts, former Silver Fern Angela Mitchell, and Mainland Beko Netball League assistant coach Andrea Cousins and Mainland Beko player Kelsey Ashworth – both of whom were from Ashburton.

Anyone wanting to register for the player development sessions could do so via the Mid Canterbury Netball website.

The sessions will also be opened up to coaches to go along and watch and learn from the specialist coaches.

The series of sessions would cost $40 for players, but were free for coaches.

Netball will get under way in Ashburton in April when the EA Networks Centre hosts the 2019 Inter Centre competition for premier one and two level teams from the Mid Canterbury, Selwyn, Christchurch, South Canterbury and North Canterbury netball centres. It will be held over two Sundays, April 7 and April 14.