Here at Netball NSW we believe our sport can be enjoyed by people of all abilities, ages, genders and cultures, which is why we’re passionate about educating our community in how to engage more participants in their community.
One successful program of note is the Netball NSW Marie Little OAM Shield Team, who recently returned from their third competition as undefeated Champions.
The Marie Little OAM Shield provides an opportunity for netballers with an intellectual disability to compete at a national tournament and it’s the third year the event has been contested between New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.
Along with the Marie Little OAM Shield Team, Netball NSW has recently shared some great work that’s being done in Association Land;
- Ku-ring-gai, Blue Mountains and Manly Warringah Netball Associations have participated in round-robin style competitions over the last couple years (read about the initiative here)
- Karina Franke received an Australia Post ONE Netball Community Award earlier this year for her work in developing the Disability Trust Eagles Netball program which allows participants to learn netball skills in Illawarra (read the announcement here)
- The West Ryde Rovers All Stars Team playing out of Eastwood Ryde Netball Association (read about player Bianca Moussa’s growth of confidence)
How can you get involved?
Netball NSW is hosting a seminar and Gala Day on Sunday 8 November, which is specifically tailored to providing opportunities for people with a disability to participate in netball.
The FREE seminar and Gala Day is an opportunity for administrators, umpires and coaches involved in an All Abilities program, or for those who are interested in creating their own All Abilities teams, events or competitions.
The Seminar and Gala Day will cover topics, such as: Creating awareness and inclusive environments, Coaching children with a disability, Coordinating All Abilities competitions, as well as presenting successful case studies Clubs/Associations can draw inspiration from.
Find out more and register here
The Netball NSW All Abilities Gala Day also provides an opportunity for teams to participate in match play and skill sessions; so for those who just want to try their hand at netball, this is the perfect environment in which to do so.
Each team may have up to 12 players (minimum 7 players) and be 13 years or older. Teams must also provide an umpire, with all participants current financial members of Netball NSW. Registration is $33 per team; for more information click here.
If you require any further information, please contact Community Engagement Coordinator Laura Abrahams on (02) 9951 5000 during business hours or email [email protected].
Become an All Abilities Champion at your Club, Association or School and help Netball NSW spread the love of netball to everyone in our community!