In 2018, Netball New South Wales (NNSW) surpassed previous membership records with memberships soaring to over 115,000 members throughout the State and the organisation is looking to continue the growth into 2019.
Since 2010, NNSW has steadily increased in the number of registered members across the majority of all membership types, with the largest membership category, junior, holding over 45% of all NNSW members.
It is an exciting time for NNSW, with 2019 expected to again break the membership record, with expected growth in additional membership categories via the implementation of Walking Netball and other inclusive initiatives. With over 20,000 participants involved with the Suncorp NetSetGO program for children aged 5-10 years (21% of the total of NNSW members), the future is very exciting for netball in NSW.
Netball is more involved in NSW Schools than ever before, with a record 1,513 teams, a 19% increase from 2017 to 2018, participating in 2018 TAFE NSW Schools Cup. Delving deeper into the TAFE NSW Schools Cup participants, there was a 24% increase in the number of mixed teams participating and a 31% increase in the number of boys teams entered across the state. As is expected with overall increases in team entries, the number of participants increased by a substantial 25% from past years.
Along with TAFE NSW Schools Cup, NNSW delivers a variety of school programs with a combined number of 20,423 kids playing or learning about netball at school.
The NNSW youngest membership category, NetSetGO participants, enjoyed playing modified variations of netball at over 620 centres across the state. The centres collectively delivered 1818 programs throughout the year; this was over 100 sessions per weekend during the regular netball season.
2018 also saw the launch of Walking Netball in NSW, with over 20 six-week pilot programs run which collectively reached over 420 new/returning players across five of the eight regions in NSW.
Walking Netball is a modified netball program that removes barriers to sports participation for older Australians and is designed so that anyone can play, regardless of age or fitness level.
Appealing to social netballers, Fast5 netball rolled out across six regions, with 13 competitions facilitated by NNSW allowing over 700 participants to enjoy this new fun style of netball. Fast5 is a social modified netball game with shorter quarters, rolling substitutions and only five positions on court.