Kent U12 Academy Squad
Oh how I have enjoyed this season with the U12s. We started with a simple objective to get to know everyone’s names and then were able to move on to some actual skills practice and development. We finish the season with 29 members in this group and a really developing,enthusiastic and committed bunch. Netball at this age is all about ‘Training to Play’ and the focus at our sessions have been on simple 30 minutesof drills followed by 30 minutes of match play seeing if we can transfer the training into the play.
Actual opportunities to play as a squad are limited with only 10 matches through the season and a need to make sure that all 29 girls get an opportunity to rotate and take part. We have had balanced success winning 50% of the matches but learning lots as we went through the process. Once I got an idea as to the calibre of each of the teams and player availability I was able to plan a rotation to ensure that each girl got the best opportunity to display their skills and be challenged appropriately. They have all risen to these fantastically and taken part with huge gusto and determination, I am immensely proud and honoured to be their coach, well done to you all.