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Junior School Netball Programme running strong

Mrs G Beardmore —

A new initiative this year for our youngest netball players is proving very popular and an effective way to introduce our junior students to the basic skills of netball early on in their developmental pathway.

As opposed to being thrust into the sometimes overwhelming environment of playing structured games at the Edgar Centre each week, Columba College has introduced a junior netball skills programme for our Years 1-3 students who are keen to learn the fundamentals of netball in a fun and supportive environment. The brainchild of parent and experienced community netball coach, Jo Hurst, the programme offers a chance for our youngest students to get a taste of netball and to learn the essential skills of jumping, catching, landing, passing and teamwork, all within the safe surrounds of the on-site sports turf at Columba College.

The programme is hugely supported by our parent community and has had a really encouraging number of students signing up for its inaugural year. The children are very lucky to have Jo Hurst leading the programme with the assistance of Vanessa Wilson and Chloe Hawken each week to keep the little ones interested and engaged.

Some great progress is already being made, and if we can initiate further programmes like this so our very youngest students are introduced to the fundamental skills of sport and exercise, it surely is a win for everyone! 

Thank you, coaches and parents, for your ongoing support of all our sports programmes at Columba College.