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Getting amongst it . . . A netball skills day, attended by Tactix team members, attracted youngsters from far and wide keen to learn from some of the best in the business. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

Tactix squad members have been passing on tricks of the trade to South Canterbury’s promising young netballers.

More than 100 children from years 1 to 8 ventured to Aorangi Stadium on Saturday to be coached by Kimiora Poi, Jane Watson, Erikana Pedersen and Temalisi Fokohokatau, all of Tactix fame.

The event was part of the FutureFerns initiative, which is run throughout the mainland zone.

Netball South Canterbury development officer Sarah Harvey said the coaching session, held in the morning for years 1 to 4, and in the afternoon for years 5 to 8, was a success.

“It was great. There was a bit of a buzz there.”

Mrs Harvey said the feedback was good and hoped the event would return to Timaru in the near future.

“It was really positive, which is great,” she said.

The aim of the sessions was to help youngsters build on what they already knew while also giving those new to the sport a chance to try it.

Mrs Harvey hoped that as a result more youngsters would take up the sport this winter.

She said when the children were asked at the end of each session if they would be interested in playing, very few hands were left down.

“They were all up and wanting to play, so I’m pretty sure we’ll see all of them there playing [this season].”

The season will start in term two for years 1 to 4, and grading days would be held for years 5 to 8 at the end of this term.