Netball’s role in creating a fair, safe and inclusive environment for all players has been recognised with the Sports Leadership honour at the Australian Migration and Settlement Awards, held in Canberra on Monday 24 March.
Netball Australia accepted the award on behalf of the sport’s governing body and its eight state and territory associations at a gala function at Parliament House in Canberra.
Netball Australia’s Community Engagement Manager Julia Symons said it was “incredibly exciting” for the sport to be recognised with such a prestigious award.
“This award is not just about Netball Australia’s efforts – this recognition celebrates the efforts of our eight state and territory member organisations and their grassroots programs that introduce the sport of netball to new and emerging communities every day,” Symons said.
“For a young girl who has recently arrived in Australia, involvement in a sport like netball can help her to build connections within the community, develop her self-confidence, give her friendships, and enable her to have fun in a safe and inclusive environment.
“Netball Australia and our eight state and territory members are committed to creating such an environment for anyone who wants to get involved in our sport, as a player, coach, umpire, administrator, volunteer or fan.
Netball NSW Community Engagement Manager Kristy Guthrie said it was fantastic to see the hard work Netball Australia and State bodies are doing in delivering netball to the wider community.
“From our Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning (SAIL) Xtend Program to Oceania Netball Cup, we are always looking for ways to engage new communities in sport, helping them to meet new people and lead a healthy and active lifestyle,” Guthrie said.
“At Netball NSW we’ve had a really positive response to our programs so far, and looking forward to continuing to work with these communities to establish netball as a sport for all – boys and girls, adults and children – whatever your background is.”
Australia Post has recently announced its support of Netball Australia’s One Netball Community Engagement Program as part of its Our Neighbourhood National Community Partnerships.
Through this partnership, the netball community will be engaged and empowered to establish connections with new communities and participants, to encourage long-term involvement in the sport.
“Support from Australia Post and the Federal Government for our One Netball program will ensure that this work continues and grows in scale, from our grassroots clubs to our elite level players,” Symons said.
“Netball in Australia is committed to social change; strengthening and building capacity in communities; and empowering women and girls.”
By Netball Australia/Netball NSW