Being a small club we always have problems with the cost of coach and umpire development. We rely heavily on parents to coach and would like to offer them all the support and training both online and face to face as possible. All coaches must complete the compulsory Foundation Coaching courses which is an ongoing cost to the club. For coaches wanting further development or specialised training, they need to travel some distance to access.
Similarly, our umpires face the same issues. We can only offer junior umpire development as there is no resources or opportunities for adult development at all. At present, we struggle paying for mentors to help with their development as we have not included this in our fee structure (because we prioritise keeping our fees low to encourage participation). We need to develop our umpires so that we have the expertise to then give back to our next group of junior umpires. Ideally, we would love to offer an adult program but have no way to paying for this at present. Extra funds would allow us to get expert training for both coaching and umpiring from Netball Qld or getting a Sunshine Coast Lightning player to come to our club and offer our girls some real development opportunities.