Netters go through the drills

Adi Alisi Naisulu goes through the drills during the Fiji U21 netball squad training session at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Fiji Pearls head coach Unaisi Rokoura has set out her plan for the Fiji under-21 squad members ahead of the 2025 World Youth Cup.

The Fiji under-21 extended squad had its first training together at the FMF Gymnasium

. The former Fiji netball player said the development began now instead of having last minute scouting.

“We begin now with a small number and then we build up, working with the girls.

“There will be more time to prepare and for these players to be selected, it will give them a sense of what is expected of them and it will change their mindset in terms their achievement.”

Rokoura said one of the challenges she faced was getting the players to acclimatise to the training.

“Majority of these players have the potential to become a Fiji Pearl.

“This opportunity is given the players. They need to expect the unexpected, meaning intense training in order to become a Fiji Pearl – this is the kind of training they will go through.

“Since this is our first session together, it’s all about understanding the basics and majority of these players haven’t gone through this kind of training.

“As we begin we start slow and as we move up we gain the momentum we’ll see how their performance improves.

“We will see them getting more tactical and more technically in terms of their playing skills.”

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