The Aspire program, supported by the Hunter Academy of Sport and Greater Bank, will see the Academy’s netball squad participants take part in an intensive 10-week program designed and conducted by Sam Poolman that will not only improve players’ skills on the court but also life skills off it.
Helping local netballers ASPIRE
Greater Bank is proud to support the ASPIRE program, the creation of GIANTS Netballer and former Hunter Academy of Sport graduate Sam Poolman. The ASPIRE development program helps local athletes hone their skills on and off the court, learning from one of Australia's premier netballers.
What is the ASPIRE Program
ASPIRE Netball is an intensive 10 week program for players between 14-16 years. The program is run in conjunction with the Hunter Academy of Sport and the Greater Bank Netball Squad.
The program is an opportunity for players to improve and be educated on all aspects that are involved in reaching their full potential.
ASPIRE development is targeted for players between 11-13 years. The three week program focuses on the importance of skill development, attack and defending. An opportunity for players to receive coaching by Sam Poolman. This training course is a unique opportunity and is designed to enhance the skills of local players.
The program runs for 1 hour, for 3 weeks at local association courts. The cost for the 3 week program is total $70. Participants will receive an ASPIRE development singlet and a Greater Bank Sports Pack.
This program has been developed to help Hunter Region netballers who are aged between 14-17 years. The coaching and program is delivered by Sam Poolman and aims to prepare athletes to reach their full potential and guide them to success with their performance in 2018. With the support of Netball NSW, the program gives athletes a chance to train in a high developed program once a month in the Hunter.
Register for ASPIRE
Sam is hosting ASPIRE Development and ASPIRE Strive Clinics at local netball association courts across Newcastle and The Hunter - visit her website to book your place today!
Who is Sam Poolman?
Why did you want to get involved in local netball?
GB: You’ve had some involvement with the Hunter Academy netball squad - can you give some detail as to how and why you wanted to be involved?
SP: I spent the past four years playing for the Adelaide Thunderbirds and had some great opportunities off the court. It involved working within the community, schools and netball clubs and associations. One of the first things l did when l knew l was coming back to play for my home state was getting in touch with the Hunter Academy. I progressed through the Hunter and then NSW pathway and am very proud of where l have come from. I wanted to have a direct influence on great programs that already exist. I have some great memories playing in the Hunter and it was an important step in how l got to where l am today.
Why the ASPIRE Program?
GB: What is the Aspire netball program and why have you established this?
SP: Aspire Netball is a 10 week intensive training program. It is an opportunity only for current Hunter Academy athletes and a chance for them to train at a high level over the off season in preparation for state trials. I am passionate about helping young athletes who have dreams of playing at an elite level. Both myself and my family sacrificed a lot for me to achieve my dreams and l want everyone to know that it is possible living in a regional area. Its also an opportunity for athletes in the program to work with myself, ask questions and to learn what l think its important to take themselves to the next level both on and off the court.
What does it mean to have Greater Bank's support?
GB: What does it mean to have organisations like Greater Bank on board supporting you and aspiring young netballers with this program?
SP: It's fantastic to have Greater Bank on board supporting myself, this program and young netballers. I'm very passionate about my hometown, Netball and enriching the community. I love seeing and reading what Greater Bank is doing within the community and extremely delighted to be working with them.
Find out more
Read more on our existing partnership with The Hunter Academy of Sport and Sam Poolman
More than 250 of NSW’s best young netballers will descend on Maitland this week to take part in the Greater Bank Netball Tournament, a feature of the 2017 Australian Invitational Youth Games (AIYG)