BBC Launch New Netballers Podcast

If you’ve been considering further netball coaching courses to help you really up your game, you might also be interested in listening in to a brand new podcast, just launched by BBC Sounds.

‘Netballers’ launched it first episode on June 11th, and has plans for a weekly podcast – except for in July, during the Netball World Cup, which will see more regular releases. England favourites Kadeen and Sasha Corbin are hosts of the podcast, alongside BBC Radio 5 Live’s Betty Glover. Kadeen has over 50 England caps to her name, and Sasha has been an England fixture since she debuted back in 2007. However, neither were selected for the England Roses squad at this year’s World Cup.

We’re loving seeing more coverage of netball in the media, especially from the BBC, and this podcast is aimed at those who not only play and watch, but officiate, coach, and support netball. The biggest stars from the game will feature in future episodes, as will a number of celebrity netball fans and players.

The first episode, entitled ‘What Not To Say To A Netball Player’, can be listened to now on BBC Sounds, and also features former Love Island contestant Montana Brown is the first so-called ‘secret netball fan’, of which one will feature every week on the podcast.

This sounds like the perfect thing to listen to on the way to netball training to us, so plug in and listen to the podcast, and let us know what you think. We can’t wait to listen week after week.

Study Shows Link Between Sports And Child Development

Children who actively participate in sport are more likely to have good life skills, as well have high self-esteem, feel empowered and be well-equipped leaders, according to findings of a recent study.

UNICEF joined up with the Barca Foundation to study the link between exercise and child development, looking at data from more than 300 sport for development (S4D) programmes in 100 countries worldwide.

The Getting into the Game: Understanding the Evidence for Child-Focused Sport for Development report found sport contributes significantly to a youngster’s future prospects.

UNICEF’s deputy executive director Charlotte Petri Gornitzka said: “It’s long been understood that sport promotes children’s health and physical development, but now we have solid evidence to suggest that sport can have a powerful impact on their overall education and life skills development.”

She went on to say this evidence must be used to “inspire investment in sports for children”.

The report also found that for S4D initiatives to be successful, there needs to be co-operation from several sectors, including education and social services.

It also revealed that coaches play a crucial role at encouraging, protecting and motivating children.

Netball is one great sport that builds confidence in children; encourages them to work as a team; boosts hand-eye co-ordination and footwork; and, most importantly, enables them to have fun with their friends. Netball coaching courses are also valuable for teaching youngsters about commitment and practising new skills.

The UNICEF findings concluded that while the greatest barriers to sport among children in Africa was poverty, it was more likely to be physical and learning disabilities in Europe and Central Asia.

S4D names structural inequality and inaccessible sites as some of its biggest challenges to social inclusion for all children.