Many hands make light work at Parramatta Auburn

Throughout ‘Volunteer Week’, Netball NSW is featuring the amazing work our volunteers do in the netball community.

Today, turns the spotlight on the Parramatta Auburn Netball Association who has set themselves up for a massive 2013 season by giving their home courts a face lift.

Led by President Kim Higgins and the Board of Executives, their courts in Lidcombe have been resurfaced using CourtCraft, a Netball NSW Major Event Partner.  Higgins calls it her “mecca” or calling card – using a famous movie quote to describe the reasoning behind the freshen-up.

“If we build it, they will come,” said Higgins.

“My goal as President of Parramatta Auburn (Netball Association) is to be using all 17 courts for every round during Saturday netball by 2015.  To do that, we need to attract more players, so hopefully with these new facilities people will be encouraged to sign up with us – whether it’s their first time or they are returning to the sport.”

“Hosting the State and State Age Championships this year is a perfect platform for us to showcase our Association, and I must use this opportunity to thank CourtCraft and the Auburn City Council for being a big help throughout the entire process,” Higgins concluded.

Higgins herself has been involved in netball for more than two decades; first as a young player enjoying the Saturday morning ritual down the courts, before transitioning to behind-the-scenes as part of the committee.  For someone renowned for always putting up her hand – coaching, umpiring and whatever else was needed over the years – she is quick to praise those around her.

“It’s been a real team effort at Parramatta Auburn – everyone chips in and does their job, from our coaches and umpires, down to the Mums and Dads.  However,I’d like to make special mention to life members Kathy Dalton and Vice-President Vicki Newby for their amazing contributions, as well as Raelene Turner who does an incredible job with ANZ NetSetGo!,” Higgins said.

“But it takes many individuals to get a job done, and I can’t thank everyone enough for their dedication and efforts, not just this season, but for the years gone past.”

Netball NSW would like to assist Associations and Clubs to celebrate the fantastic volunteers in the community with a Certificate of Recognition.

Certificates of Recognition are available for volunteers who have provided Associations and Clubs with service from five years and upwards (10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40…yes even 45 or 50 years!).

Submit your forms prior to Friday 7 June to ensure you have ‘Thank You’ certificates to present at the end of the netball season.

Join in and show your appreciation for the volunteers that support your Associations and Clubs.