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SPAR Proteas captain is a woman on a mission

SPAR Proteas captain is a woman on a mission

11/05/2021, South Africa, Netball, Netball South Africa, Article # 30324837
SPAR PROTEAS NETBALL CAPTAIN IS A WOMAN ON A MISSION
 
Bongi Msomi, captain of the SPAR Proteas, is a woman on a mission. Although she is well-known as a charismatic leader of the national netball team and as a dynamic player, she is also something of an activist, focusing on Gender Based Violence (GBV) and on the need for access to sanitary towels.
 
In recent months, Msomi has been combining two of her passions by distributing sanitary towels and using the opportunity to talk about the End Gender Based Violence campaign.
A recent sanitary towel distribution event at the Three Square Netball Courts in Alexandra was attended by about 90 learners from the Pholosho Junior Secondary School, which uses the courts as their home ground, and players from the Kempton Park Netball Club. The interest in what Msomi has to offer was evident, as it was a Sunday and the girls had to make a special effort to travel to the venue.
 
Msomi spoke to the girls for about an hour and a half. She started off by discussing menstruation and hygiene and then talked about Gender Based Violence and what the girls could do if they were affected by it. The girls were given an opportunity to ask questions and lively discussion followed.
 
This event was one of many hosted by Msomi. “We have to put a stop to our women being killed and injured,” said Msomi. “Throughout the country, at all levels of society, women and girls are being abused physically, sexually and mentally. We need everyone who becomes aware of this sort of abuse to report it immediately and to support the victims.”
Msomi said the distribution of sanitary towels was a campaign dear to her heart.
 
“I was privileged – I never had to miss school because of my periods, but there are many girls who do,” she explained. “It is critically important for girls to complete their education, and they are more likely to do so if they don’t miss five days of school each month. I am so happy to be involved in a campaign to keep them in school,” she said.
 
Supported by SPAR, Msomi has distributed more than 12-thousand packs of sanitary towels to girls and young women over the past few months.
 
???? #GBVmustEND #SPARProteas #WeAreAllIn

Photo: Reg Caldecott

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Dumisani Chauke reveals reasons behind her burning passion for coaching

Dumisani Chauke reveals reasons behind her burning passion for coaching

03/05/2021, South Africa, Netball, Netball South Africa, Article # 30324461

Aspiring coaches attending the #BetwayCares Skills Hub Netball Level 1 Coaching Course in Polokwane had an opportunity to meet and engage  with #BetwayCares Skills Hub ambassador, Dumisani Chauke on the second day of the Betway-sponsored course.

 

The current Spar-Proteas assistant coach, who also honed her coaching skills through similar programmes is among the invited guest speakers, as part of the brand’s amplification of the course, in line with the adopted theme of Freedom Through Sport.

 

Speaking to the budding coaches who have assembled at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium for the three-day course, Chauke shared some of the reasons why she is passionate about her calling as well as sharing some insights into the world of international level coaching.

 

“My burning passion for coaching can be attributed to the changes the  sport brought into  my life. Coming from a small village, very few people have the opportunity to play  or coach at the highest level. A programme such as the #BetwayCares Skills Hub affords us the scarce opportunity to instil hope and encourage the next generation about the endless opportunities and freedom that sport can bring,” said Chauke.

 

The former goal shooter also emphasised the importance of going the extra-mile as a coach, saying that a coach must be willing to play a role model figure to his or her players.

 

“Not all players come from stable backgrounds and in ensuring that we get the best performance out of our players, we need to play an exemplary role at all times. Gaining the trust and confidence of players adds so much value to our teams because not only do they see us as coaches, but we play a key role in their outlook of life , something that they may not always have at home,” she added.

 

The Limpopo edition of the #BetwayCares Skills Hub concludes on Friday and will see the coaches undergoing media training with some of the most respected sports journalists from the Limpopo province.

 

For more information about the #BetwayCares Skills Hub, please visit betwaycares.co.za

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NSA Job Opportunity: High-Performance Manager

NSA Job Opportunity: High-Performance Manager

01/05/2021, South Africa, Netball, Netball South Africa, Article # 30315950

The Organisation has an exciting opportunity for a High-Performance Manager female or male, to join our dynamic team. This permanent position is well suited to an individual that is capable of delivering strategic plans and doing performance reports. This candidate must be driven and have the alibility to lead the SPAR Protea Team to strive for the very best and has demonstratable experience in leading sporting performance success at the highest level whilst upholding the Organisation’s Mission, Vision and Ethics.

Job Title: High-Performance Manager

Reporting to: The CEO

Salary: Market Related – Negotiable

Hours: Full time position and Weekends when required

Location: Based at Netball South Africa Office – Pretoria

Key Responsibilities & Duties

  • To provide business wide performance leadership as a member of the National team on a day to day basis
  • To provide leadership and strategic direction of the Performance Department and programmes
  • To build and maintain effective ongoing relationships across the Netball industry and with external partners and stakeholders.
  • Manage the well being of the SPAR Protea team. Organise competitions and plan their activities and recovery plans together with the coaching team
  • To prepare teams for World Cup 2023 podium and beyond by assisting National coaches in team preparation
  • Communicate with the international performance managers regarding competition opportunities
  • To prepare annual budgets for the SPAR Protea team’s needs

Key Requirements

  • Experience in elite sport at the highest level
  • Successful at effecting continuous performance improvements
  • Ability to effectively and professionally communicate
  • Be able to travel when required
  • Excellent administration skills

Professional Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Experience required

  • A background and recent experience (at least 3 years) of leading a team operating in elite sport at the highest level
  • A comprehensive understanding of coaching, sport science and medicine, international competition and talent pathways
  • A broad understanding and commitment to safeguarding young people in a talent environment
  • A management and Sport Science Degree or similar, preference to Honours level or higher
  • Effective at working with multiple partners, stakeholders and volunteers to achieve success
  • Experience of working at National level
  • A driving license and strong IT skills

Qualities and Competencies

  • Highly developed leadership and management skills
  • Strategic thinker – can establish a vision, provide direction and inspire followership
  • Strong planning and organisation skills
  • Balanced decision making
  • Outstanding communication skills – written, verbal and presentation
  • Developing and maintaining strategic relationships and the ability to build trust and confidence with stakeholders
  • Resilience, stamina and flexibility
  • Motivated and results orientated with the drive to take tough decisions and continue to raise the bar and achieve targets
  • A team player with an open and consultative style and optimistic approach
  • Good self-awareness, emotional intelligence and “political instincts”

This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive.  It is intended as an indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in light of the changing needs of the Organisation.

Applications

The Organisation aims to conclude the recruitment process by the 30 May 2021. If an applicant has not received any feedback from the Organisation within two weeks of applying for the position, the candidate’s application was unsuccessful.

Please send applications and accompanying documentation to the following email address before COB 15 May to:

nsahpm@netball-sa.co.za

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International Netball Federation Announces Host For 2027 Netball World Cup

International Netball Federation Announces Host For 2027 Netball World Cup

26/04/2021, South Africa, Netball, Netball South Africa, Article # 30315951
INTERNATIONAL NETBALL FEDERATION ANNOUNCES HOST FOR 2027 NETBALL WORLD CUP
 
The International Netball Federation (INF) has today announced that Netball Australia has been awarded the rights to host the 17th staging of the Netball World Cup.
 
The primary tournament venue will be the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia’s iconic world city and leading tourism and events destination. The arena is situated in the Sydney Olympic Park renowned for its global reputation as a multi-sport’s major events precinct.
 
INF President, Liz Nicholl, CBE, said: “On behalf of the Board of the International Netball Federation, I am delighted to announce that Netball Australia will be hosting the 2027 Netball World Cup. Australia put in a strong bid and we are confident they will deliver an excellent event in the city of Sydney, as we have seen Netball Australia do so in the past.”
 
“As our sport continues to grow and evolve at an unprecedented rate around the globe, we look forward to working with the Organising Committee and Netball Australia on netball’s growth and development whilst delivering a thrilling world-class event that will no doubt inspire all and work towards creating a better world through netball.”
 
Netball Australia is committed to implementing a significant national and international legacy programme as hosts of the 2027 Netball World Cup. The INF and Netball Australia are in the process of concluding the hosting agreement which sets out the full scope of this programme. It focuses on developing netball in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, as well as working with INF and its Members to create opportunities and grow the game from 2022 to 2027 and beyond. The event will further the growth of women’s elite sport and provide a platform to influence positive change for netballers around the world.
 
Netball Australia Chair, Paolina Hunt commented: “An enormous amount of work went into our bid and it’s thrilling to think that we can now begin to transform our vision into reality. We acknowledge the responsibility of winning an event such as this and will work to ensure that lasting benefits will be enjoyed by communities throughout New South Wales, Australia and the Region.”
 
The Netball World Cup is INF’s flagship event held every four years and brings together the world’s top teams for the sport’s most elite tournament. The next edition will be in Cape Town South Africa in 2023. Sydney has won the rights to host the Netball World Cup on two previous occasions in 1991 and 2015. In 2027 Netball Australia will be celebrating its centenary year.

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Betway Partners with Netball SA for Freedom Month Themed Coaching Course

Betway Partners with Netball SA for Freedom Month Themed Coaching Course

26/04/2021, South Africa, Netball, Netball South Africa, Article # 30315952

Betway in partnership with Netball South Africa is set to host the #BetwayCares Skills Hub in Polokwane between 28 and 30 April 2021, as part of Freedom month celebrations.

 

The third edition of the #BetwayCares Skills Hub will be a Netball South Africa (NSA) level 1 coaching course and comes at the back of a successful cricket coaching workshop in the Western Cape last month, which was preceded by a Sport Administration course in Gauteng, the month prior.

 

The Limpopo province takes centre stage this month, as 30 aspiring coaches from the province who have been actively involved in the sport will have the unique opportunity to officially kick start a career in Netball coaching, thanks to the #BetwayCares Skills Hub.

 

Upon completion of the course, coaches will attain an NSA recognised coaching certificate, which will aid them with the necessary skills and knowledge to coach and nurture young talent within their respective communities.

 

Recognising the historic significance of the month of April on the South African calendar, Betway has themed the third edition of the programme as “Freedom through Sport”.

 

Elaborating on the theme, Betway SA Marketing Manager, David Rachidi said it was important for the brand to recognise the importance of such a monumental day, by bringing it to life within the context of sport and its role in bringing about a sense of freedom to our communities.

 

“The month of April holds great significance and history to South Africans. As a globally acclaimed brand that has found a welcoming home here, it is important that we play our role in recognising its importance and relevance within the context of sport and through the #BetwayCares Skills Hub we are able to do this,” Rachid said.

 

“In addition to the existing course content, we have gone an extra mile and invited key speakers, who we believe will add a new dimension to the course that will expose the coaches to new ways of thinking and ultimately unlock new opportunities for the betterment of their communities,” he added.

 

“As a coach, your purpose is to lead the process preparing those you coach to take ownership of their own performance and how they will live their life. NSA is looking forward to positive coach development and the growth of our netball coaches. We can only do it if we join hands and empower the coaches” said Netball South Africa’s Director of coaches, Anneline Lewies

 

Additional subjects to be discussed by the speakers include the role of media, sport administration and marketing, as well as the modern day coach in the context of the increased role that sport plays in society.

 

SPAR Proteas Assistant Coach and programme ambassador, Dumisani Chauke expressed her excitement with the adopted theme, saying that it speaks to the current situation facing many aspiring coaches in the province.

 

“It is really encouraging to see a globally acclaimed brand such as Betway pulling out all the stops to empower communities in such a manner. In addition to these much-needed programmes, I am particularly excited by the twist in the plot of inviting guest speakers from different sporting fields to the course. This is a first of its kind and will most certainly add value and a new dimension on the type of leaders that we are producing for the future of the sport,” said Chauke.

 

The #BetwayCares Skills Hub is a nationwide programme that aims to bridge the gap between the shortage of skills and the employability South Africans during these challenging economic times.

 

For more information about the #BetwayCares Skills Hub, please visit www.betwaycares.co.za

 

 
Dumisani Chauke at the Ekurhuleni Netball Coaches and Umpires Workshop in 2020

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Netball South Africa Responds To Sex Pest Allegations

Netball South Africa Responds To Sex Pest Allegations

22/04/2021, South Africa, Netball, Netball South Africa, Article # 30315953

21 April 2021, Pretoria – Over the past couple of days, Netball South Africa has noted with great disappointment the allegations of an alleged sex pest that is working within our structures as reported by the Sunday Times newspaper this past weekend.

The article published on Sunday with the title “Outcry as sex pest allowed to stay as netball coach” speaks about a coach who is allegedly accused of sexually abusing players that he coached.

As Netball South Africa we take these allegations very seriously as we believe that we need to protect all our players, administrators, umpires and all our stakeholders against any form of abuse more especially sexual abuse.

As the biggest female federation, we have always ensured that we take all the necessary measures and protect everyone at all times. Such above mentioned allegations are of a serious nature and we have therefore started with our own internal investigations so that we can get to the bottom of this matter to ensure that we do the right thing and get the facts right before we say and do anything.

“Sexual misconduct is a serious offence in any sphere of our society more so within the federation as a large number of our registered members are females; we will therefore leave no stone unturned; we will make sure that we decisively deal with this and whoever found guilty will have to face the full might of the law.

Considering the sensitive nature of these allegations, we want to make sure that we are thorough in our investigations, we will need a bit of time to make sure that we do what is right,” said Nompumelelo Javu, Acting President of Netball South Africa.

According to our internal interactions, we have established the allegations happened before both Molokwane and Javu were part of the Executive that is currently in office, however this does not mean that we will not get to the bottom of this matter and attempt to fix it. We are working around the clock in ensuring that this matter is dealt with and resolved as quickly as possible.

The federation would also like to make mention of the fact that the “two netball insiders” who spoke to the Sunday Times journalist did not have the endorsement of the Executive to do so and as a result, their views and understanding of what Ms Molokwane said were taken out of context and completely misunderstood, all she did was to explain to the Executive on the process that is undertaken when a man impregnates a woman he is not married to. She did not say that it is acceptable in the African customs for an older man to sleep with young girls and pay damages.

There are a few issues we need to interrogate as well because the article did mention that there was a psychologist report that was compiled in 2013 that the publication has in its possession, to this dates Netball South Africa’s Executive has not seen that report, and it is deeply concerning to know that this report has been given to other people outside of netball structures and not to the people that needed to see it. Therefore, it will be difficult to make comments on that until the federation has seen it.

Legal counsel is currently being sought on the issue of dealing with the alleged coach and once that is cleared, action will be taken as advised by the legal teams.

Netball South Africa kindly requests time to investigate this matter, after which the federation will be better placed to respond. We would appreciate a period of 21 days to conduct internal processes and will update afterwards.

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