Player Welfare

Player Welfare is a top priority for Auckland Netball with the focus on caring for our emerging players, to ensure they have a well balanced playing and training schedule to maximise opportunities and minimise injury risk. Last year Auckland Netball led the way by replacing Year 7 Representatives with a Year 7 Development Squad and by bringing on a Player Welfare Liaison service free of charge to the under 19, 17 and 15 Auckland Representatives.

Debbie Christian, Auckland Netball’s Player Welfare Liaison came on board in May 2017 and has worked with players, parents and coaches to ensure our players are not overloaded which will ultimately lead to less injuries and longer careers.

As we suspected, a common area of concern is the  amount of physical loading, with some players training more than twice the hours recommended by Netball New Zealand. Being able to add up the hours has been an eye opener for many, but by being able to link all the various coaches together, positive action plans have been put in place to decrease the quantity of training and increasing the quality, which will ultimately benefit not only the athletes but the teams they are training for.

Time management has been another area that Debbie has been focusing on. Mapping out school work and assessments and recognising when they may clash with netball tournaments and late night games has been very helpful for several players who are trying to manage NCEA level 2 and Level 3.

Debbie Christian

Debbie Christian

Player Welfare Liaison

(09) 570 0030


Preparing for UNISS/AIMS and other tournaments

This is an interactive session for managers, coaches, players, parents and umpires. Attendees will be strapping, rolling and discussing how to effectively prevent injuries, increase recovery and minimise fatigue when away at tournaments.


The session is co-presented by Stu Ross (15+ years in practice and our Auckland Netball Under 19 Team Physio 2018), Suzie Belcher (Netball Smart Officer and experienced Physio), and Debbie Christian (Auckland Netball Player Welfare Liaison Officer, former Silver Fern and highly experienced coach).


Date: Thursday 30 August, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Auckland Netball Centre, St Johns
$20 per individual aged 15+ or,
$30 for a player aged 14 and under plus their parent/caregiver

*A parent/caregiver is encouraged to attend with players under the age of 14 to enhance practicing learnings and techniques at home prior to the tournament.


All attendees will receive take-home resources to refer to and strapping tape