By Neto Baptiste

Netball coaches and officials here stand to benefit from a number of seminars and courses planned by the Antigua and Barbuda Netball Association (ABNA).

This was revealed by president of the organisation, Karen Joseph, who said that the body’s move towards employing the services of a coach is all part of a thrust to educate its officials.

“Well, we had a seminar last year and we are due to have one, both coaching and umpiring but apart from the seminar itself we wanted the gentleman [coach] I spoke to from Jamaica, we want him, not only to coach the teams but to have seminars with the coaches in our country,” she said. 

Joseph, a former national goal shoot, revealed also that Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA) will also be assisting in the plight to bring the country’s officials in line with current standards.

“AFNA has also agreed to send us a coach where we have coaching activities and also umpires as well because we don’t have qualified umpires either because we were dormant for nearly 10 years so those things are really needs, a necessity for us that we get those thing on par. Even in our leagues to get umpires to officiate is a problem because some of the umpires in the league are not up to date in terms of the rules,” the former player said. The netball association is set to host electoral congress on 4th February at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.