NetSetGO! and counting

We are halfway through the 2013 season and already seen some terrific displays of netball; from State League to Holiday Clinics, State Age Championships to Australian Netball League, and one program is preparing our next generation of young netballers to take their first steps playing the sport.

ANZ NetSetGO! is Netball Australia’s introductory program for netball and has been developed to provide children from the age of 5 to 10 years with the best possible introduction to netball, ensuring enjoyment and continued participation within the sport.

NetSetGO! is a weekly program which incorporates skill activities, minor games and modified matches in a fun and safe environment and is coordinated by accredited coaches to ensure a quality experience for all participants.

To date, New South Wales has almost 5,000 registered NetSetGO! participants for 2013, and a large percentage are based out in our regional community.

Based in the Hunter Valley, Charlestown Netball Association has the largest participation group with 172 children enjoying NetSetGO! each week.  Incredibly this is Charlestown’s first year conducting the program which is a terrific effort.

Tamworth and Queanbeyan are long-time supporters of NetSetGO!, having run the program since it was first introduced in NSW six years ago, and both Associations have over 150 children involved  at their respective centres.

In their second year as an accredited centre, Gosford Netball Association has seen a huge spike in participation numbers, going from 18 children in 2012 to 118 participating this year – incredible work!

Coonamble, Moree, Lakeside and Griffith Netball Associations each have 90 participants involved in their respective programs.  For Coonamble in particular this is an impressive number once you take into account that the entire population of the town sits just under 3,000 people – terrific work!

Netball NSW’s Junior Development Coordinator Amy Quirk says it’s fantastic to see a great program like NetSetGO! being picked up by the regional community.

“It’s wonderful to see ANZ NetSetGO! being successfully run in our regional communities, particularly in the State’s Northern Inland and West/Central West areas which account for five of the top ten regional participation numbers ,” Quirk said.

“Netball NSW would like to congratulate these Associations on the success of their NetSetGO! programs thus far.  It is the hard work of coaches, umpires and administrators at this grassroots level that allows young netballers across the state to participate in our sport and begin their journey on the NSW player pathway.”

There is still plenty of time to sign up to be an accredited ANZ NetSetGO! centre.  Clubs and Associations – and even Schools – are encouraged to contact Amy Quirk to find out more information on what it takes to run the program.

Visit the ANZ NetSetGO! page on our website, or contact Amy at the Netball NSW Office: 02 9951 5000 or email [email protected].