Wellington West Netball

​​​​​​​futureFERNS Introduction

ANZ futureFERNS is Netball New Zealand’s official junior Netball programme for years 1 - 8 children.  

To ignite a lifelong involvement in Netball, a sequential programme has been developed that is at the right level for the players at each stage. The emphasis is on fun activities conducted in a safe environment. Small sided games are the preferred training method and are proven to be the most appropriate way to enhance skill and tactical development.

Coaches (called Star Helpers) and Junior Coordinators can receive training on 2021.  Dates and venue yet to be confirmed.

ANZ futureFERNS is focused on enabling individuals to experience personal achievements and the benefits for the players and parents are:

Players

  • FUN
  • Development of sound fundamental Netball skills
  • Participation in a safe learning environment
  • Playing with their friends and meeting others
  • Active physical involvement
  • Lifelong love of Netball

Parents

  • Reassurance that their child is participating in a NNZ endorsed programme
  • Enhancement of the child’s social and fundamental skills
  • Ability to share skills and knowledge with the Netball community
  • Opportunity to learn more about Netball
  • Opportunity to spend time with and play with their children
  • Prospect to make new friends
  • Value for money

Years 1&2

Introduces Netball to 5-6 year olds. The aim is to develop fundamental movement and basic Netball skills. Playing 4 v 4 allows the players to pass, catch and shoot from day one.  Learn more.

Years 3&4

Year 3 & 4 is designed to be fast and fun, maximising participation and touches of the ball. With modified equipment and less players on the court, in 5 v 5 the game is less complicated.  Learn more.

Years 5&6

The 6 v 6 game is fast and provides players with lots of touches on the ball to enhance skill development and enjoyment. With only three positions on court it means the game is less complicated for children and easier for coaches to ensure the players learn the skills relevant to all positions and to provide them with equal opportunities.  Learn more.

Years 7&8

Players have developed a considerable understanding of the game, and are now playing 7 v 7. The emphasis is on converting fundamental movement and basic Netball skills to foundation Netball skills. Performance, challenge and playing are key motives for this age group. Ensuring positional rotation and playing at least half a game will give each player the opportunity to participate and develop.  Learn more.

Visit the official futureFERNS website for more information.