Australia Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander swaps coaching tips with football coaches

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Coaching the Australian Diamonds to glory for five years, coach Lisa Alexander could easily be considered one of the most successful coaches in Australia; and it's this success that has seen her a guest to several international sports training sessions.

Visiting a Wallabies training session ahead of the second Test against England in Melbourne earlier this year, Alexander said she saw the experience as a great opportunity to learn and improve the Diamonds' program.

"Absolutely [it was a great experience]," Alexander told ESPN. "When I get the opportunity to be invited to attend another national program and watch them in action for the day, it's just a great privilege.

"It's also a great learning opportunity for me, seeing another program in action, what they do. We can always learn things that we can take back and tweak our program and improve it.

"It was a really great day and I enjoyed it very much."

But Alexander says she's not the only person learning from these visits, with the World Cup-winning coach pointing out that her high-performance team is a highly professional outfit.

"Netball is an extremely professional sport; it's just that we're not paid the same amount as say rugby - but we've always been professional," Alexander said.

"In fact our high-performance outcomes are highly regarded not just in Australia but around the world. So the Wallabies have come into our camp, like [Wallabies captain] Stephen Moore has done, to see what we do.

"As a coach I love to learn about other sports all the time; there are always things that I'll learn from rugby that will make us better. But there are also things that I can offer the Wallabies and help improve their program.

"Down the track we'll see many visits in and out of our program and we'll see more professional learnings that way."

The visit from Moore in 2015 proved to be a great learning experience for both the Wallabies captain and the Diamonds' support staff.

"[Moore] spent quite a bit of time talking to our support staff who wanted to learn about how the support staff worked behind the scenes for a national team," Alexander told ESPN. "He knew some of the behind the scenes work and could talk to the support staff about it.

"It gave a chance for our physio therapist, Alanna Antcliff, to visit the Wallabies in camp as well, so she's had the opportunity to learn from that."

Alexander acknowledges that athletes face a challenge in regards to how different their sports are, but she believes the players can connect over their shared passion of representing their country.

"It's a bit difficult for the athletes sometimes because their sports are just so dissimilar, but one of the things that they did say when I had a meal with the Wallabies after their training was that they'd love the opportunity to have a dinner together; to just have a chat.

"We're all excited to be playing national sport at the best of our abilities and represent our countries, so there is always that in common."

While the Wallabies were her most recent sporting visit, Alexander has been given the chance to learn from other sides and she hopes to continue to expand her sporting connections.

"I haven't been to too many training sessions; I'd love to be able to go to a Socceroos session or a Matildas session. But I have been to watch the Hockeyroos train with Adam Commons, over in WA, it was a great opportunity to do that.

"I also got to work with the Australian cricket team; one day I was able to go in and see what they do.

"Myself and the coaches caught up about a month ago where we discussed our relationships as captain and coach. I know that the group of coaches that were there that day really enjoyed the conversation about how we work and how we deal with the tough times, and we make sure we embrace the times and how we work from that."