Our initiative was simply to bring netball back to the community of Hallett Cove in a way that was safe, fun and generated confidence with our members and families. More particularly throughout July we wanted to bring back our Cubs Clinic.
Our Cubs Clinic is a Sunday morning initiative for children aged 4-7 years of age. The objective is to introduce children to netball prior to them being able to join a team. This allows them to see if they enjoy the game as well as teaching some basic skills and drills. There is no obligation to the Cubs Clinic and participants pay a gold coin donation. We are the only club in our association that runs this type of clinic and it is a vital part of our recruitment strategy. This Cubs Clinic had to stop due to COVID19 and our initiative was to bring it back in Term 3, July 2020. Given that grandparents often come along to these sessions with children, it was important we created an environment where everyone felt safe to come along to the courts during the COVID19 pandemic.
To help in the return, we arranged Zoom calls for the committee, as well as the coaches. Five Zoom calls in total were held to generate ideas and plans on how to execute our return. Our coach’s calls allowed us to educate them on the SA Health protocols and they were all required to complete Infection Control on line training run by SA Health. These plans developed from these calls were used across the Club as well as in our Cubs Clinic.
We maintained contact with our Cubs Clinic participants through sending at home skills and drills specifically for their age group as well as some fun games. For example: https://us10.campaign-archive.com/?u=4b0019eafd525236ab39c597d&id=aa97af24cb
Significant milestone for us was when we had 80 children attend the Cubs Clinic. The most we have ever had.
Our initiative was driven from the requirements dictated by SA Health and Netball SA. We met the requirements to get everyone back to netball but we wanted to do more.
We used equipment we already had to create spots for our players and families to stand in a queue socially distancing while waiting to register their attendance at Cubs Clinic. We noted how they arrived to training and who with. We purchased additional sanitiser for players who sanitised their hands-on entry and made their way to their allocated court.
Our junior coaches help run our Cubs Clinic, these are our coaches of the future. We educated them in the use of non-contact drills to be used at the sessions. Their development and involvement is an important part of our long-term strategy.
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Our Cubs Clinic has always been popular but numbers have sometimes been in a state of influx.
Since the July 2020 term has restarted, we have recorded attendee’s numbers as anything between sixty five and eighty. Eighty attendees is the highest number we have ever recorded on a Sunday morning.
Given that our Cubs Clinic runs for an hour between 10am and 11am on a Sunday morning, having eighty (80) children between the ages of four and seven requires some careful management. This is the reason our junior coaches and their development is so important to the Club.
We are due to commence our Winter season in October so have not had the opportunity to see how many of our seven years old’s have registered. The evaluation of the success of the Cubs Clinic will take place in October.