A number of young women became part of the inaugural National Netball Academy in Rarotonga following a trial in February.
“The athletes in the National Netball Academy are doing a fantastic job. Athletes have really taken this opportunity to improve their skills and are progressing at a great rate,” Glassie said.
The improvement has prompted Netball Cook Islands to increase the number of players in the academy.
Glassie said the decision to increase the numbers in the academy came from Netball Cook Islands’ vice president of development Kopu Anguna.
“There is an opportunity for six athletes to join the national academy. With the three Cook Islands netball academies joining us in December, this is a great start for the inaugural NCI academy,” he said.
Glassie also said there were a number of players that missed the first trial in February.
He added the upcoming trial on May 26 at Tupapa from 9.45am to 12 noon would give a chance to the ones who missed the earlier opportunity to join the national academy. The age requirement to attend this trial is 14 to 18 years.
The National Netball Academy will run throughout the entire year, and part of the goal is to prepare for the under-21 national trials for the Oceania qualification games in 2020.
“The trial for the qualifiers will be in 2019, and to ensure the players are at a standard suitable for international competition it is vital the athletes prepare now,” Glassie said earlier.
Meanwhile, at the opening trials in February, the players showed lots of ability and potential while learning new techniques and quickly grasping the concept, Glassie said.
The players were also introduced to the Fast5 concept, which has grown in popularity around the world.
During the first six weeks, trainings were based on the requirements that were recognised at the trials, focusing on effort and skill.
“This programme not only tends to the physical side of preparation, as psychological skills need to be developed to cope with the rigours of an elite athlete.”