Students from a number of small schools in Western NSW are not letting their remote location stop them from playing the sport they love.
In many parts of the State, it’s not uncommon for schools to have between 15 and 60 students in total; making it not always possible for them to field a full school team in the Netball NSW Schools Cup or other Gala Days.
To overcome this challenge, and ensure girls get the opportunity to play netball, this year four schools came together to form a combined primary school netball team known as the “Mixed Schools”.
Students from Quambone Public School, Carinda Public School, Marra Creek Public School and Tooraweenah Public School have combined on three occasions throughout 2014 to compete in the Netball NSW Schools Cup, the Primary Schools Challenge and the Jenny Wright Shield.
Coming from different schools, the students were wearing an array of sports uniforms while competing at their first two events.
However, ahead of the Jenny Wright Shield, which was held in Walgett on Wednesday 13 August, the P&C of each school come together and decided the girls deserved a new uniform and team name.
As the students and their parents converged on Walgett, they did so donning their new uniforms and under the new team name, “Small Schools SPARKLERS”. The team had a great event, going on to win Division Two of the Jenny Wright Shield to the delight of all involved.
“The Small Schools SPARKLERS are just a great example of the community spirit which exists in abundance throughout Western NSW,” said Emily Ross, Netball NSW Regional Development Officer for West/Central West.
“There is a real passion for netball in remote areas and it’s fantastic to see schools combining their resources to create opportunities for their students. Also the commitment both teachers and parents make in driving the long distances to allow the children to compete in these events is highly commendable.”
“I’d like to acknowledge what the P&C have done in providing these new uniforms; the expressions on the students’ faces and the pride in which they wore them for the first time was a special moment,” concluded Emily.
In advance of these Gala Days, Netball NSW held Schools Clinics at Quambone, Carinda and Tooraweenah where the participants learnt all the basic netball skills and drills.
For further details on Netball NSW School Clinics and Schools Cup, click here.