Pivot Netball Academy provides quality netball coaching for Junior and Intermediate players and has been developed and operated, since 2012 by Director, Jula Zilic.
Pivot provides a fun educational environment and is for players of all levels and ability. Many participants attend the Pivot Netball Programs without knowing anyone. One of our coaching philosophies is to ensure that every child leaves feeling valued, included and having made a new group of friends.
I am Veronica, and I am a qualified PE teacher through the University of Newcastle. I have had many years of involvement with netball, inclusive of both playing and coaching roles. In recent years I have enjoyed being a member of Newcastle representative teams, the Hunter United Metro league team and the INNSW under 21’s. Being a coach at Pivot netball, I see young girls come through with so much potential and with each skill we teach them, that potential is developed and nurtured even further.
My name is Kim and I have been coaching with Pivot Netball Academy since 2013. I have also coached with Newcastle Grammar since 2015 and have previously coached a number of school and club teams.
I find coaching to be really rewarding as you can have positive impact on a child’s life and it is a great way to give back to a sport that has given me so much. I am studying Medicine at University and work at The Athletes Foot. I also volunteer as a soccer coach for pre-school aged children.
Representative teams I have played for include:
Newcastle Netball Representative since under 11’s (2007)
Hunter School Sports Association Open’s Team (2012-2014)
Hunter Academy of Sport (2011-2014)
NSW Combined High Schools – Under 15’s (2011) and Opens (2014)
NSW Indoor Netball – Under 21’s (2015) and Opens (2016)
Hunter United who won Metro League Division 2 (2016)
I have played in Singapore twice for the International Youth Sports Challenge and also travelled with a school based team to play netball and hockey in Scotland and England.
Director and Course Developer - Jula Zilic
My philosophy is to develop and focus on the fundamentals in netball and enhance technical components in the game. I have a strong passion for correct technical execution in players, enhancing general skills and techniques, from a young age, to build a strong playing foundation for players to grow from.
Rather than simply "going through the motions" of a drill, without identifying areas in need of development, I've worked with the Pivot Team of coaches to regularly give individual advice and support their confidence in making technical corrections. Pivot Coaches show and educate participants on how certain drills extend into the actual game. This supports the platform for Junior and Intermediate players to grow from. When players develop poor technique it becomes habitual and hinders further development in their chosen sport. Its like a ballerina who never learnt to point correctly! The younger corrections are made, the easier it is to address and correct.
I've written the Pivot Netball Academy Training Programs in such a way, that we start technically correcting from the simple fundamentals, to executing specific skill related drills that incorporate footwork, spacial awareness, timing, full court defence, agility and landing techniques. The program is exciting, very unique and most importantly, lots of fun.
I'm exceptionally proud of the Pivot Coaching Team who are all involved in netball. Not only are they incredibly talented players, they're exceptionally fabulous role models to our younger players. The majority of coaches are still playing and coaching at a very high representative levels in the sport and love the Pivot Coaching and training ideals. We have a ratio of 10 children per qualified coach, with Junior Assistants making themselves available to assist players and coaches.
I played netball as a Junior/Teenager and coached several Junior teams during my teenage years. After spending 10 years in Europe, I returned and converted my love of netball into a passion for coaching. This involved pulling the game apart and looking at different ways to develop and improve players technical proficiency, whilst building confidence in players, promoting endurance and increased skill levels. Drawing upon my training in Learning Support and special education, I wanted to develop a program that was incredibly versatile and adaptable for players of all levels and ability. I continued to further my education in netball by taking opportunities to learn from Elite levelled coaches within the Hunter and feel I've come up with a program that offers incredible development to netballers.
Meet some of our Coaches