Teachers giving netball a go

Netball NSW continues to celebrate Social Inclusion Week by shining a spotlight on some of the work that is being done in our community to help spread our love of netball.

Social Inclusion Week is being celebrated from Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 November; an initiative all about connecting local communities, workmates, family and friends in order to build and strengthen relationships and networks, addressing isolation and exclusion by supporting people who may be unable to help themselves.

Today we look at some of the work Netball NSW Sport Development team are doing with those in our community with Limited Abilities, particularly in assisting those with first-hand experience in young people’s development – teachers.

Netball NSW recognised an opportunity to help upskill teachers on how to incorporate netball into their curriculum by utilising the sport’s introductory program, NetSetGO.

The organisation has teamed up with the Department of Education and Communities in delivering a Teaching Physical Activity to Students with Disabilities workshop, which aims to upskill general classroom teachers, support unit teachers and specialist education teachers who would like support delivering a quality inclusive sport program.

On Tuesday 18 November Netball NSW Regional Development Coordinator – West/Central West Mardi Aplin attend a workshop in Orange, where 19 teachers from around the region attended. Aplin said she received positive feedback from the group, particularly when detailing the benefits the program would have on the students.

“Only three of the attending teachers had included netball in their programs before, so for most it was a very new concept.  During our discussions we went over the benefits of including netball into their programs, and how that inclusive behaviours would benefit the students,” Aplin said.

“There was also a practical element to the workshop where I shared some fun netball games, skills and drills, and also explained how each activity could be adapted depending on the level of abilities.  After the session the teachers all had a better understanding of how to implement netball into their schools, so in turn hopefully we see more students with limited abilities engage in the sport.”

Netball NSW is consistently looking at ways to engage People with a Disability (PWD) in netball; whether it be holding NetSetGO PWD Gala Days at local Associations, holding information workshops, or supporting our State PWD team the Netball NSW Marie Little OAM Shield team at the tri-State All Abilities tournament.

We recently shared a great story out of Ku-ring-gai Netball Association and the work they are doing in the PWD sector by running their own All Abilities Carnival with a view to hold the fun and inclusive gala day three times a year. Read the full story here…

For more information on the DEC Teaching Physical Activity to Students with Disabilities workshop or other Netball NSW PWD Programs, please contact the Sports Development team on (02) 9951 5000 during business hours or email kguthrie@netballnsw.com.