Anania Piri, Daimzel Rongokea, Simone Nicholas, Tia Henderson and Marei Nicholas will all depart for Auckland, New Zealand, at the end of August to take part in the programme.
Both Piri and Rongokea were recently part of the Cook Islands national team that participated in the World Oceania Qualifiers in Auckland this past April.
The scholarship is a partnership between Netball Cook Islands and the High Wire Charitable Trust (HWCT), and will create a new pathway for the five players.
Netball Cook Islands president Mii Maui said having Cook Islands players involved in this initiative would help to improve the level of netball for not only the national team, but also the next generation of players.
“Not only will this initiative give our girls the experience of a lifetime, shadowing the life of an elite netball player, it will also open up a pathway of elite learning that will only be of benefit to our future netballers of the Cook Islands.
“It only takes one small change to make bigger changes and this is one solid step to improving Cook Islands status in the Pacific and world netball arena.”
The girls will be in Auckland for six months alongside five players from Samoa, and as part of the programme will have former Silver Fern and current Central Pulse defender Sulu Fitzpatrick as their mentor.
Assisting Fitzpatrick will be Fa’amu Ioane, current Northern Stars mid-courter and member of the New Zealand under-21 side that took home the World Youth Championship title last year.
The cost of the players’ stay will be entirely covered by HWCT, however there is a quiz night to be held at the Arorangi Club House on August 7 to help the girls fundraise for the cost of their return airfares.
Anyone wishing to attend is asked to contact Netball Cook Islands for details.