Celebrating netball’s inclusive environment

Netball NSW is passionate about our sport and working with our community to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for people from all backgrounds and abilities to enjoy our wonderful game.

This Thursday 3 December is the International Day of People with a Disability (IDPwD); an initiative which is celebrated annually on the same date. IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally, and aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

Netball NSW is encouraging our community to do their part by supporting a range of events tailored to Players with a Disability (PWD), with four events being held across the NSW coastline this week, including two FREE Come & Try Days being run by Special Olympics Australia.

The sessions are designed to provide match-play not only for those who have completed the Hunter Pilot Special Olympics netball program, but also for others within the intellectual disability community. Anyone who wants to come and play is more than welcome!

Special Olympics Australia will also be providing information at the end of the sessions about their upcoming 2016 programs and opportunities that will feed into local All Abilities/PWD teams.

Check out the full list of events supporting IDPwD:

Tuesday 1 December: School PWD Gala Day, Melville High School (Kempsey)
Wednesday 2 December: Special Olympics Come & Try Day, Newcastle Netball Association
Thursday 3 December: School PWD Gala Day, Illawarra Netball Association
Thursday 3 December: Special Olympics Come & Try Day, Gosford Netball Association

Netball NSW is committed to working with Associations to address the barriers to participation through specific strategies and targeted programs at the local level that provide opportunities for those new to the sport to participate in fair, safe and inclusive environments.

Our Community Engagement programs work to initiate partnerships and build capacity to encourage long term involvement of diverse communities as Netball players, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans.

For more information on Netball NSW’s All Abilities programs, workshops and events, please visit our Community Engagement page or contact Laura Abrahams, Community Engagement Coordinator, on (02) 9951 5000 during business hours or email labrahams@netballnsw.com.