Netball reaching Sydney’s Indigenous students

For the second year in a row Netball NSW and AFL NSW/ACT Indigenous Academies joined together in Term 1 to deliver netball skill sessions to Indigenous students from Years 7-12 from seven partner High Schools in Western Sydney; Rooty Hill, Plumpton, Doonside, Macquarie Fields, Sarah Redfern, James Meehan, and Ingleburn.

Six one-hour netball sessions were held over the term at the AFL Indigenous Academies campuses in Blacktown and Campbelltown, each week focusing on different skills and incorporating modified games and match play.

Netball NSW Community Engagement Manager Kristy Guthrie said she is pleased with the continued growth of the program.

“The academy is a fantastic way to engage with Indigenous students and provide them with the opportunity to undertake a number of sport and leisure activities, one of which is netball,” Guthrie said.

“It’s fantastic to see students develop their netball skills and grow in confidence over the duration of the program. It’s great to see that our netball program is encouraging students to participate outside of the program also, with a number of students registering to play at their local netball Association.”

AFL NSW/ACT Indigenous Academies use sport and recreation to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, both at primary and secondary schools, to continue their education.

The AFL Indigenous Academies focus on educational, cultural and leadership outcomes in Western Sydney.

Find out more about the AFL Indigenous Academies here.