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Good a yard, good abroad - Coaches urge Netball Jamaica to give Sunshine Girls job to local talent

Published:Friday | September 6, 2019 | 12:17 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer

Veteran netball coaches Sylvester Campbell and Patrick Brissett say that Netball Jamaica (NJ) should look to appoint someone local from its pool of coaches to become the next head coach of the senior national team.

The Sunshine Girls’ head coaching position has become vacant as The Gleaner was informed on Wednesday that the contracts of Marvette Anderson and her assistant, Winston Nevers, will not be renewed by NJ.

This, after the then world No. 2-ranked Sunshine Girls’ poor showing at the Vitality Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England, where they finished fifth.

It was also the first time Jamaica missed a semi-final since 1995. They have also slipped two places in the ranking since the tournament.

This led to Anderson and Nevers being heavily criticised by team captain Jhaniele Fowler for their poor execution and lack of game plan during the World Cup.


Campbell, the coach of Tivoli Gardens, said NJ must stick to the method of employing a local coach for the job. However, he said that they must ensure that these coaches are properly trained, with the right equipment to handle whatever rigours are entailed.

“I think we have local coaches here to choose from or retain, so we don’t need to go overseas,” he said.

“I think what we need to do is to skill our coaches, but we have to find different methods of skill for our coaches because we can’t continue with the old stuff. They have the ability and quality here,” he said.

Campbell said that except for South Africa, all the other top teams that competed at the World Cup were coached by personnel from their domestic leagues.

“It works for them, so I don’t know if we should think about going there (overseas) yet,” he said. “We just need to do what we need to do to skill our coaches to coach in today’s games.”

Brissett, one of the most successful local coaches, agrees that there are a number of qualified local coaches that could take charge of the Sunshine Girls.

“I think we have people here and I could name a number of persons – but don’t ask me to do it, though – that I think they are capable,” he said. “But what I think we have not been doing is giving our coaches enough exposure.

“I believe in transfer of technology, so if we bring in somebody to train our coaches, then I think it would be ideal. I can think of seven coaches who need help from overseas, and I can think of people who wouldn’t necessary need that.”