Netball New Zealand and the country’s five Netball Zones have made a number of recommendations regarding the approaching Community Netball winter season due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Netball Central’s production line of top-quality whistle blowers continues to flourish with eight of the 14 selected in the 2020 National Umpire Squad coming from the Zone, including newcomer Marly (Marlissa) Howard.

At the conclusion of Central Manawa Beko trials that took place on Saturday 1 February, the selectors have named the following players for the 2020 Central Manawa squad to compete in the Beko Netball League.

A successful season for Netball Central was highlighted at the 2019 New Zealand Netball Awards when several of the Zone’s players, coaches and umpires received the sport’s top accolades.

Netball Central’s drive to expose and develop its next tier of coaching talent has gained considerable traction with eight candidates from the Zone recently accepted for the sport’s premier coaching qualification programme.

With the view to building on its depth of coaching talent, Central Manawa has appointed Emma Weenink and John Atkins as assistant coaches for next year’s Beko Netball League.

Netball New Zealand recently completed a major upgrade of their Online Learning & Development Portal.  The portal now holds a variety of useful modules, information and resources for Community Coaches.  Netball Central Zone is excited to introduce online support for Coaches using Zoom video conferencing.   These opportunities provide real-time support that will help Coaches access and navigate the portal, complete modules and ask questions from the comfort of their own home. 

Congratulations to the following players named in the Central Manawa Beko wider training squad 2019-2020.  This squad will be provided with S&C programme and support to prepare for the final Beko trial that will take place on 18 January 2020, Saturday.  During the pre-season and before the trial, players may be added and de-selected.