While most Netball Associations in New South Wales are closed for the Festive period and gearing up for a big season 2013, there are a few regional Associations who are only just at the start of their competitions.
Jindabyne, a small country town in the South Coast region, is one of those unique Associations who hold their competitions during the summer months as the climate is more forgiving on the players, officials and spectators – no one likes to play in frosty conditions!
Jindabyne Netball started its new season in November last year, and it will run until April. With three grades and 16 teams, the small Association has expanded in 2012 with over 200 players returning for the start of the season.
The introduction of a brand new ‘C’ Grade competition has been an exciting new addition which is tailored to school-aged netballers due to interest and demand. Jindabyne has worked hard to develop netball in the 8 – 12 years age group, and further rewards with great numbers of NetSetGo! netballers enjoying the sport for the first time.
Jindabyne Netball Secretary Kelli Wilson believes that the inclusion of a new division is the result of three years hard work by the Association.
“It has been a focus for Jindabyne to provide a team sport for our local children, as many had been travelling as much as two hours one way to compete in netball competitions,” said Kelli.
“We began by introducing NetSetGo! three years ago and those kids who started with us have now graduated to play in a new division in our competition…it is incredibly exciting to see our little Association go from strength to strength.”
As a qualified PE Teacher, Kelli said the NetSetGo! program appealed to her after reading about it on the Netball NSW website.
“NetSetGo! was an easy and viable choice for us…the program is very detailed but also easy to use; our volunteer coaches were very keen to pick it up and now we are seeing those efforts pay off with the development of our junior players,” Kelli said.
“For the first time young players are representing their schools in our ‘C’ Grade division, which they have never been given the opportunity to do before…so not only is it great for those players and our small Association, it is also engaging the Jindabyne community.”
NetSetGo! is a national program for junior netball players, aged from 5 – 10 years old. The program has been developed to provide children with the best possible learning and playing experience that enables them to develop a positive introduction to our sport.
Are you a teacher?
Read more on the NetSetGo! Schools Ambassador program for primary school and the Netball NSW High Schools Ambassador program for teachers.
Do you simply love your netball – then perhaps show your support for the NSW Swifts this year with a $68 Satellite Membership – it includes the cool members’ gear and a game ticket to your match of choice.
The office of Netball NSW and the NSW Swifts will re-open on Monday 7 January 2013. We wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy festive break.