Netballers utilise online sessions

The Fliers managed to hold a few pre season training sessions before social distancing restrictions came into play.

The extensive social distancing policies put in place to limit the spread of Covid-19 mean sporting clubs such as the Tumbarumba Football Netball club are missing their usual training sessions.

Usually at this time of the season, the club would be training Tuesday and Thursday nights come rain hail or shine.

Now however, they are faced with the challenge of not only keeping physically fit in preparation for the season should it begin again, but also to remain socially connected as a club during these unprecedented times.

As a result, Tumbarumba Fliers A grade coach Brigid Rhynehart has recommended her players get involved with free online netball sessions being offered by Netball Australia and NETFIT Netball.

Netball Australia CEO Marne Fechner and NETFIT Netball CEO Sarah Wall last month announced a partnership, which has seen netball fans receive live and free online netball workouts and programs.

“The collaboration has meant that players have access to live netball specific workouts, skills, fitness, nutrition, wellbeing and recovery workshops, which are run by elite netballers such as Sharni Layton, Laura Langman and Sarah Wall,” Rhynehart said.

“The players have the option to join the workouts live by registering for free online clinics or can replay them on YouTube at a convenient time that suits them.

“Being school holidays, the clinics are perfect for the club’s under 11 and under 15 teams. However, the workouts are just as valuable for the senior netballers with Sarah Wall launching sessions at 6pm every night live on the NETFIT Facebook page.”

The collaboration will see the netball community get free access to live online work-outs delivered by elite netballers, as well as health, fitness, nutrition and wellbeing sessions until the end of April.

Netball Australia CEO Marne Fechner said netball is excited to partner with NETFIT to bring netball activity to the Australian community in unprecedented circumstances.

“The wellbeing of netballers across Australia is paramount and, after a meeting with all netball’s state and territory member organisations, there was a consensus that measures needed to be put in place to ensure the health and safety of Australian netballers, and the wider community,” Fechner said.

“As we have seen more netball competitions postpone activity due to Covid-19, it’s important we take a proactive approach to keeping our netball communities around Australia active and engaged with the sport.

“We have admired the work that Sarah and the NETFIT Netball team has been doing; she is a great role model for our sport and we’re delighted to be partnering with NETFIT to ensure netballers of all ages can access online netball workouts and training sessions to participate from wherever they’re able to.”

This was the first and only training session that the under 11s Fliers got in before the Covid-19 pandemic took over.

NETFIT Netball was founded by former Australian netball star Sarah Wall and provides an online netball program that includes fitness videos, plans and coaching drills designed to encourage and inspire netballers of all ages.

Wall said they wanted to create a solution for the community to remain safe, healthy, active and still feel connected during this time.

“The beauty of these workouts and classes are that you can run through our full range of services throughout the day or pick what suits you best. NETFIT’s goal is to create a vibrant and safe fitness, wellbeing and lifestyle activation to netballer’s around the world,” she said.

“We’re thrilled that Netball Australia has supported this vision to ensure that Australia’s number one participation sport for women and girls remains at the forefront of innovation in sport especially during these times that we’re currently experiencing.”

Sport Australia’s General Manager Sport Business Andrew Larratt supported the initiative.

“In these unprecedented times, when we are discussing things like social distancing and self-isolation, it’s still incredibly important to find ways to remain active for your physical and mental health,” Larratt said.

“Sport Australia encourages everyone to find at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day, but right now people may be looking for alternative ways to do that. Netball Australia’s partnership with NETFIT is a good innovative example that can engage with active communities in their own homes and I’d encourage other sports to explore ways to help people stay active.”

The free NETFIT activity became available online from Monday, March 23 for six weeks. For more information and to sign up, please go to www.netfitnetball.com.au.

Rhynehart said the club is also thinking of other ways that players can keep fit and socially connected during these testing times.

“The club has been encouraging the girls to participate in these sessions and have the intention of starting to begin training again soon via zoom in order to stay connected socially and motivate each other,” Rhynehart said.

“Keep an eye out on the club’s Facebook page for when the virtual training sessions will take place and to access the session link.

“The idea of the sessions is to keep the amazing family structure that the club offers us and provide a proactive approach that gives our players the chance to look forward to Thursday night live netball the new way.”