The Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA) is confident that widening the pool of certified regional coaches will allow its member associations to be better equipped to compete against the best in the world.
Countries in the Americas including Bermuda have not been able to crack the dominance that top-ranked Australia, current world champions New Zealand, and — to a lesser extent — England have had in netball. Over the past two decades, only Jamaica has had a World Cup podium finish, winning bronze in 2003 and 2007.
“We are about empowering our coaches with the knowledge to create that winning advantage,” AFNA secretary Bridget Adams told the Jamaica Observer in reference to the latest plans to improve coaching standards.
“We would like to certify every coach in the region so that our netball product can soar to new heights, thereby having more teams ranked higher, and not just have Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago in the top 10 spots,” said Adams, a member of the INF Coaching Advisory Panel.
AFNA, headed by former Netball Jamaica President Marva Bernard, governs countries from the Caribbean, as well as South, Central and North America.