The NPA are pleased to have worked with Netball Scotland to establish a Players Advisory Group which will comprise the Scottish Thistles, Strathclyde Sirens and U21 coaches and captains, along with the NPA Player Rep and the lead performance personnel in Netball Scotland.
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Liz Bloor, NPA Managing Director, said: “We welcomed the invitation to work with Netball Scotland, a forward-thinking governing body, who recognised the importance of having their player’s voices at the heart of the decision-making process. Establishing this group has been a very positive start in creating a strong working relationship between the NPA and Netball Scotland”.
Netball Scotland CEO Claire Nelson added: “This is an important move for us as a sport and organisation. I have always advocated strongly for the player’s voice to be integral in key strategic and operational decision making and now through the formation of our new Advisory Group we can advance and improve on how we engage with our existing and future elite athletes in order to achieve our collective ambitions on the court. My thanks must go to the NPA for their support and guidance throughout the development and launch of the Group – I look forward to working closely with them as we strive to ensure netball leads the way in the support, development and protection of elite athletes.”
NPA Player Liaison Officer, Sarah Gandon, said “Since I joined the NPA last July, attracting more Scottish Thistles to be part of our membership has been one of my key aims. I am so please that within a year of being in post we have grown that group ten-fold and, more importantly, are having a positive impact on their voice within their own programme. Our Player Rep, Emily Nicholl will sit on the group alongside the Sirens, Thistles and U21s captains and having both Karen Atkinson and Tamsin Greenway, some of our founding alumni members involved in the set up of the group has been excellent. The opportunity to shape the strategic and operational direction is a great step forward for the group to make. I’m really excited to see what it can achieve.”