This week Netball NSW is encouraging our community to help celebrate Social Inclusion Week – an initiative aimed to help ensure all Australians feel included and valued, giving everyone the opportunity to participate fully in society.
Officially celebrated from Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 November, Social Inclusion Week is about connecting local communities, workmates, family and friends in order to build and strengthen relationships and networks, addressing isolation and exclusion by supporting people who may be unable to help themselves.
Netball NSW Community Engagement Manager Kristy Guthrie says the initiative is a fantastic way of starting the conversation about how to engage groups in netball.
“Social Inclusion Week is a great initiative for bringing awareness about engaging those within our community. At Netball NSW are always seeking ways in which we can help spread our love of the game, whether it be catering the game to all abilities, or engaging those who have never seen or heard of our sport,” Guthrie said.
“It’s also a great opportunity for Clubs and Associations to think of initiatives they can develop within their own backyards. Netball is a wonderful tool – it transcends language, abilities and backgrounds, and can be played in a fun and safe environment.
“More importantly, netball is a lot of fun so hopefully this week gets people thinking about what they do to include more members of their community!” Guthrie concluded.
Here at Netball NSW HQ we are always looking at ways to engage the community to help spread our love of sport and netball; whether it be holding ‘Come and Try’ days, School Holiday Clinics, or connecting with the community through various programs.
Throughout Social Inclusion Week we will be shining a spotlight on some of the incredible work that is being done by our Sports Development team in the community, with a focus on three key areas – All Abilities, Indigenous and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) groups.
If you’ve got a great Social Inclusions story, we would love to hear from you! Email [email protected] and tell us about your initiative so we can share it with the community.
For more information on Netball NSW Community Engagement Program, you can contact the Sports Development team on (02) 9951 5000 during business hours or email [email protected].
Netball NSW is committed to providing equal opportunities to players, coaches, umpires and officials of all abilities, and continues to work with Associations on becoming more inclusive over the coming years, linking with community organisations, disability support groups and government resources.
Programs to engage the Indigenous community are a great opportunity for Associations to engage a wider portion of the population, increase the number of members and volunteers and use facilities that may be under-utilised.
Netball NSW is committed to assisting Associations in being inclusive and recognises we are a nation of diverse cultures and beliefs, and that netball can play a pivotal role in developing tolerant, cohesive communities.