Netball NSW is one of the largest netball organisations in the country with over 112,000* registered members, however we are always looking at ways to spread the ‘netball love’ across the State.
Over the last few weeks the NSW Swifts have accompanied the Netball NSW Sports Development team out in the community interacting with young Indigenous Australians and also newcomers to our country.
Defenders Sonia Mkoloma and co-captain Mo’onia Gerrard travelled to Blacktown on Saturday 13 April to work with the Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning (SAIL) Program, to get participants excited about netball.
Mo’onia has been a regular visitor to Blacktown by also attending the AFL Indigenous Academy Western Sydney at Emerton Leisure Centre to assist in the delivery of their netball program in early April.
Mo’onia visited the Blacktown campus to interact with the Academy students, taking them through netball skills and activities – all while having fun and making new friends. The Swifts co-captain worked with both girls and boys from Year 7 to Year 12 during her two trips, noticing plenty of talent on the court.
The AFL Indigenous Academy is funded by the Australian Government’s Sporting Chance Program, and is made up of seven High Schools based in the Western Sydney area; Rooty Hill, Plumpton, Doonside, Macquarie Fields, Sarah Redfern, James Meehan, and Ingleburn.
The Sporting Chance Program uses sport and recreation to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary and secondary school students to continue their education, and the AFL Indigenous Academy focuses on educational, cultural and leadership outcomes.
If you are new to netball and want to learn more about our great game, visit your local Association by putting your postcode in the ‘Association Locator’ on our homepage. Alternatively you can go to www.letsplaynetball.com.au to find out how you can sign up today!