This will be all on top of scouting for the islands netball talent to form the national netball team scheduled for a number of regional fixtures.
Atkinson comes from a coaching development background within the Waikato and Bay of Plenty and has Netball New Zealand coaching qualifications.
She is currently the Netball New Zealand coach for the Force, Waikato Bay of Plenty zone, a role she has had since May 2013.
Atkinson has built her career around coaching and not surprisingly has a strong coaching background both as coach and assistant coach.
“We are sure that Dale will draw on all these experiences along with her other extensive coaching experiences to assist our national team in realising their potential,” says NCI president Patsy Hockin.
“Dale’s goal is to develop players as better skilled and talented all rounded athletes who are independent thinkers, we couldn’t ask for better for our young women.”
2015 is shaping up to be a hugely exciting and important year for the national netball team.
This July they will be competing at the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby, then 2016 see’s the team back in Papua New Guinea for the Pacific Netball Series in June.
In 2017 Netball Cook Islands is committed to sending a team to the World Youth Netball Cup in Botswana.
Hockin says that Atkinson is hitting the ground sprinting in her new role.
She is on the island and will this morning be running a junior programme development workshop.
This afternoon she will be heading out to catch the local netball action during the first games of the 2015 domestic netball season.
Local trials will be held next Tuesday at the Telecom Sports Arena in Nikao from 6.30pm. New Zealand trials will be held in Auckland on April 11 and12 with the time and venue to be confirmed.
While here Atkinson will run a planning workshop on Monday morning for junior netters – the actual workshop itself will be run in a month or so.
Later on Monday, the new head coach will run a ‘game play’ and ‘coach planning’ workshop for any coaches who want some tips on how to get the best out of their team this year, this will be run on Monday afternoon from 3pm to 6pm.
Netball Cook Islands board members would like to thank those that applied for the position of national coach and to the candidates who are still keen to help prepare the national squad here on Rarotonga and in Auckland.
“Netball is a long standing and favourite sport of the Cook Islands.
It embraces our competitive nature and plays a significant role in promoting health and well-being and enhancing our culture and NCI are hopeful that this year’s team will be up to the country’s expectations.”