INF welcome chance to educate young players

Over 200 young netball players and their support personnel from across the globe pledged to Win Clean at this year’s World Youth Netball Championships in Glasgow.

The Championships, held in the host city for next summer’s 2014 Commonwealth Games, attracted some of the world’s most exciting young players, many of whom will be looking to return in 12 months time.

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), the UK’s National Anti-Doping Organisation, were commissioned by the International Netball Federation (INF) to develop and provide an awareness programme for all those attending the event – helping the INF to demonstrate their commitment to clean sport and to meet their anti-doping responsibilities at major events.

UKADs ‘Win Clean’ campaign for international athletes and support personnel training and competing in the UK provided an  ideal platform to offer support and advice to those attending the event.

Over a two-day period, the Win Clean team were able to talk to players about the precautions needed to avoid inadvertent doping and of the values of clean sport. UKAD national trainers were also on hand to answer a range of questions that players had, ranging from concerns about supplements, to reassurance about the testing procedure. Many also put their knowledge to the test on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Play True quiz, with the top scorers leaving the Athletes Village with Win Clean goodies.

INF Chief Executive Officer Urvasi Naidoo said: “It is very important to the INF that netball is a drug-free sport and we therefore really welcomed this opportunity to partner with UKAD to offer our under-21 athletes some anti-doping education at the World Youth Netball Championships Glasgow 2013. INF remains committed to following a WADA-compliant anti-doping policy and testing programme.”

UKAD Head of Education and Athlete Support Amanda Batt added: “The enthusiasm we had from all the players and support staff we spoke with during the event was fantastic.

“We started day one with an empty sign up wall and by the end of the second day we had over a hundred signatures from young athletes and support personnel pledging to Win Clean throughout their careers. Hopefully the players who attended have left reassured that there is support and resources available should they have any questions or concerns about clean sport in the UK."

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