Collingwood’s GM of Women’s Sport Jane Woodlands-Thompson has accepted an invitation to join New Zealand’s Silver Ferns as a specialist coach.
Woodlands-Thompson is one of two specialist coaches to join netball’s World Cup-winning outfit for next month’s Constellation Cup. Former New Zealand defender, Yvonne Willering, will also assist the Kiwi’s for the duration of the tournament.
As GM of Women’s Sport, Woodlands-Thompson oversees Collingwood’s netball and women’s football programs.
Woodlands-Thompson previously worked as a GM of high performance for Netball South Australia and coached the Adelaide Thunderbirds, winning two premierships across eight seasons in charge.
Woodlands-Thompson is accustomed to the New Zealand game having spent time with the Northern Mystics as a coaching consultant.
Silver Ferns head coach, Noeline Taurua, welcomed the pair.
“Yvonne and Jane are master coaches. They have so many years of experience behind them. They will bring fresh ideas, challenge our thinking, strengthen our current strategies and help us to continue to grow our game. Personally I feel privileged to work alongside them,” Taurua said.
CEO of Collingwood Football Club, Mark Anderson, said that this appointment reinforces the high performance expertise that Woodlands-Thompson has brought to Collingwood for both the netball and women's football programs.
“We are thrilled for Jane to have the opportunity to work within one of the most elite netball programs,” Anderson said.
“It’s a great recognition but also a tremendous professional development opportunity for Jane to contribute and experience high performance at an international level.”
Woodlands-Thompson will begin her duties with the Silver Ferns early October. She will return to the club on October 28.