Leeds Rhinos Netball today announces its forthcoming Legends Coaching Conference in Leeds on July 13 and 14, a weekend event that feature’s two of netball’s most well-regarded and successful international coaches, Sue Hawkins and Jill McIntosh.
The conference is the latest from Rhinos as a means to educate coaches on effective methods for performance coaching, and the first of its kind thanks to its including the world-renowned Hawkins and McIntosh, both in the region for the Netball World Cup from July 12-21.
Rhinos are hopeful to exceed the popularity of their recent one-day conference at the EIS in Sheffield, which drew in and captivated more than thirty coaches all eager to learn from one of English netball’s most successful coaches, Tamsin Greenway. Strong feedback from the attendees at this event confirmed it was extremely well received, beneficial to their role as a coach and that similar events were much needed within the region.
Rhinos Director for Netball and conference brainchild, Anna Carter, had this to say on the forthcoming Legends event:
“I’m honoured to be able to introduce two world-class coaches from Australia, here for the Netball World Cup in Liverpool. For Leeds Rhinos Netball, it is important to give coaches regular opportunities to watch and learn from the most successful coaches and take this learning into their own environments, supporting their players understanding of our great game.
Whilst with England Netball, I was fortunate to have many an opportunity to watch and learn from Sue Hawkins as England’s National Coach, working with some of the ‘then’ World Cup squad players and developing their skills and game understanding which was invaluable. Jill Mackintosh, for me, needs no introduction as one of the best netball brains in the World andmost successful coaches of all time. This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity for any coach.”
Maggie Birkinshaw, performance coach with Rhinos, current national selector and the conference lead, added:
“Coaches in our region are hungry to learn more than just the basics andteaching them well is only the tip of the iceberg; they need help with the transition from the fundamentals into the world of performance coaching.
It’s a huge job. Performance coaches must communicate clearly, be great organisers, have good observation and analysis skills, be innovative and most importantly, constantly review check and challenge themselves. The Legends Conference will provide coaches with an insight on how accomplished coaches have acquired and maintained these important characteristics to see performance athletes develop their game.”
Weekend and individual day tickets for the conference, which will run from Leeds Beckett University in Headingley, are on sale now at the Leeds Rhinos Netball website.