Miranda Magpies welcoming new Australians to sport

Netball NSW recently partnered up with Miranda Magpies Netball Club and the Gymea Community Aid & Information Centre (GCAIS) to help encourage young girls and boys to get involved with the sport.

With Netball NSW’s support, Miranda Magpies delivered a program across three sessions which included activities and drills from Suncorp NetSetGO to introduce participants to netball, and grow their confidence in a fun, safe environment.

Participants were made up of young girls and boys aged between 5 and 12 years old who had recently migrated to Australia with their families. The children came from a variety of different backgrounds, but all had one thing in common: they had never played netball before.

From basic fitness activities to ball handling skills, participants also enjoyed a practice game involving existing Miranda Magpies netball players who volunteered to help on the final session. As a result, more than half the GCAIS participants have signed up to the Club or a rival to play Sutherland Shire Netball Association winter competition.

Netball NSW Hall of Fame member Lisa Beehag is also the President of Miranda Magpies Netball Club, and said the GCAIS program proved a huge success in encouraging new Australians to pick up the sport and have some fun.

“We have seen in this program the power of sport to bring communities together and to develop children’s confidence, resilience, communication and team work,” Beehag said.

“We’re thrilled to see these children building healthy lifestyles, but most importantly making new friends and just having fun!”

Congratulations to Miranda Magpies Netball Club and the Gymea Community Aid & Information Centre for a successful Inclusion program.

For more information on what Netball NSW is doing in the Inclusion space, please visit the Community Engagement page on our website.