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South Coast Blaze launches Netball Male Youth Talent Program

South Coast Blaze launches Netball Male Youth Talent Program

South Coast Blaze, a new franchise in the Netball NSW Premier League, has today launched the South Coast Blaze Male Youth Talent Program (SCB MY TP) to find future Men’s Netball NSW (MNNSW) players.

In partnership with Kiama Netball Association, Shoalhaven Netball Association and Illawarra District Netball Association, this exciting new program will provide an opportunity for males aged 14-18, to receive guidance from quality coaches in a high performance netball environment. This ground-breaking program will also provide pathway opportunities with the elite Men’s Netball NSW.

SCB MY TP is available in 2020 to talented male youth athletes with a focus on the NSW South Coast and Far South Coast regions, including Eurobodalla, the Sapphire Coast and Southern Highlands. Trials will be held on Saturday 28th March at Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Centre. There are only a limited number of positions available so please register early.

Players who have been successfully selected in the program will be coached by South Coast Blaze Opens Assistant Coach and NSW Men’s Reserve player, Dennis Napara, Shoalhaven U17s Rep Coach and NSW Men’s Reserve player, Sean Gray, and Illawarra Opens Rep Coach and former NSW Men’s player, Heath Sangster. Blaze Opens Head Coach, Marji Parr, along with Blaze Under 23s Assistant Coach and Australian and NSW Men’s Opens player, Eugene Lee, will be guest coaches.

SCB MY TP Coach Dennis Napara said: “I feel so privileged to be involved with a franchise that supports opportunities for all aspiring netball athletes. Being a male netballer myself, this initiative holds huge significance on a personal level, as it’s the first program of its kind at a franchise or club level in NSW to endorse and invest in a pathway for male netball athletes. I am extremely excited to launch this program and would like to thank all our partners and the support of Men’s Netball NSW.”


The program details are:



WHAT: Coaching sessions and pathway opportunities to Men’s Netball NSW for a select number of athletes

DATES: Sessions from April to September 2020

WHERE: Illawarra Indoor Sports Centre (Location may change)

COST: $240 pp (includes South Coast Blaze training singlet)

COACHES: 3 Specialist Coaches, all elite male netballers, Dennis Napara, Sean Gray and Heath Sangster.



DATE: Saturday 28th March, 2020

TIME: 8:30-10:30am

WHERE:  Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Centre

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE: Saturday 21 March, 2020

IMPORTANT: All male applicants MUST be registered with Netball NSW. Those applicants not already registered with NSW Netball may register via Northern Suburbs Netball Club – Illawarra, for a complete cost of $75. This is the Netball NSW component which covers insurance. Register for Northern Suburbs Netball Club separately here:  bit.ly/38kNQsL