GUEST APPEARANCE: NSW Swifts player April Letton autographs a bear for WRAS netballer Jess Matthews during the three-day Netball Rookie Camp, held at the CSU Gymnasium. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 070614capril1a
BATHURST and Central West junior players were treated to a visit from NSW Swifts player April Letton on Sunday for the final day their three-day Netball Rookie Camp at CSU.
The Swifts’ goal defence was on hand to offer support and advice to the girls as they worked on areas from skill development to physical testing.
The three days’ work culminated in a tournament and presentation on Sunday afternoon.
Letton said she had enjoyed the day in Bathurst and was happy to witness the high turnout for the camp.
“I’ve come here to have a look and give some feedback to the girls and that’s what it’s all about. It’s really great to see the programs they’ve got going for the girls because these guys are the future.
“They did some specials work this morning, so things like defence, midcourt and shooting. That was really interesting to see that pan out. They’ve been doing some fitness testing as well yesterday [Saturday] and Friday as well.”
The camp was also used as an opportunity to help teach coaches how to mentor players and bring out the best in their teams.
On top of that, the camp was an opportunity for the Western Region Academy of Sport to make scholarship recommendations for their netball program, beginning in September.
That allowed both new and experienced players the chance to take something away from the weekend.
“I think it’s really important for these girls to get as much feedback as they can at a young age as they keep going through,” Letton said.
“I’ve enjoyed coming out today. It’s my first time in Bathurst, and it’s great to see what’s happening out here.
“It’s good to be giving back. We were all here at one stage or another at a young age. Hopefully they will want to be playing for the Swifts too, they can believe it’s possible.”
Letton has now spent three ANZ Championship seasons at the Swifts, and is hoping her team can go a few steps better in the next competition.
“We had a new coach this year, Rob Wright, and he was great. He brought a different kind of spin on the aspect of coaching and that’s helped us see things differently as a team and grow our game,” she said.
“We came in fourth, a big improvement to last year. We had such a good team culture going on. All the girls are good friends off the court. It’s a rare feeling within the team and you can’t describe it.”
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