Netball hits the road in regional NSW

Netball NSW packed our bags and hit the road recently, visiting some of the most remote parts of the Far West region to help spread our passion for our favourite sport.

Netball NSW Regional Development Officer Emily Ross visited five remote towns, travelling close to 3,000km from Sunday 19 to Monday 27 October. The seven-day tour covered five towns, seven schools and our furthest west Association – Broken Hill Netball Association.

The tour saw more than 570 participants getting involved, with temperatures consistently hovering over 39 degrees Celsius – it was sure hard going for Emily and the team!

Despite the searing temperatures, Emily said the tour was an amazing success with the happiness of the kids leaving a lasting impression.

“The netball community in the Far West are fantastic and it was great to see a rural Association such as Broken hill doing an incredible job, despite being so remote – just a lazy 1,147 kilometres or a 13-hour drive from Sydney!” Emily said.

“I was really impressed by the natural athleticism of the kids I saw on the tour, some of who had never played netball before.  Students and teachers all around were glad to see Netball NSW present and loved the opportunity to participate and try a new sport.

“The places I visited reminded me why I love sport so much – they all just want to play to have fun, not to win but for the enjoyment of it with friends, family and the wider community. It was an amazing trip and I can’t wait to get back out there again,” Emily said.

The tour began in Broken Hill before Emily hit the road visiting White Cliffs Public School (Monday 20), Wilcannia Central School (Tuesday 21), Broken Hill Netball Association (Tuesday 21), Menindee Central School (Wednesday 22), Alma Public School (Thursday 23), Burke Ward Public School (Friday 24), and St Johns Cobar (Monday 27).

There were skills sessions, competitions, introductory clinics, Level 1 Umpiring courses and ANZ NetSetGO Gala Day assisted by a school principal (who is actually the town’s NetSetGO Coordinator – amazing!)

Participants aged from kindergarten right through to 50-years-old joined in the activities, with participants from Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds.  Boys and girls, mums and dads, umpires and players and coaches… everyone got involved in the Far West Tour which is a wonderful sight to see!

“There was so much enthusiasm from the places I visited, with communities now picking up what we’ve started – taking back to their own netball clubs or schools and continuing to spread the great game of netball,” Emily said.

“One such story is the great work being done out of Broken Hill Netball Association and their umpiring program, in that the older girls are mentoring the younger umpires coming through, which has increased confidence in both groups and helps the Association’s continuation. We really saw that effect in the Level 1 Umpiring Course we held, and look forward to seeing it continue.”

To catch a glimpse of the Netball NSW Far West Tour, check out some photos on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/OfficialNetballNSW.

For more information on Netball NSW Regional program, please contact Regional Development Manager Nicole Bowles on (02) 6214 2303 during business hours or email [email protected].