On Monday 10 August, 555 young netballers gathered outside Allphones Arena to create a new world record for the biggest netball clinic.
Students from primary schools in both NSW and the ACT participated in netball drills and activities under the watchful eyes of former Australian Diamonds’ Bianca Chatfield, Catherine Cox, Liz Ellis, Sharelle McMahon and Natalie Von Bertouch.
Beginning the day with a warm-up, the enthusiastic students sung along to music, enjoyed the ANZ NetSetGo drills, gained tips from Australian netball legends with everyone lapping up the opportunity to be a part of the world record attempt.
“Everyone was right into it,” Former Australian captain Sharelle McMahon said.
“They were having a really fun time and enjoying the opportunity to be a part of the world record.”
“The clinic was really fun,” Redeemer Baptist School student Victoria Garth said.
“We did lots of stretches and played mini games.”
In partnership with Netball NSW and Sydney Olympic Park, the clinic provided an opportunity to celebrate the role schools play in netball with the tournament aiming to leave an enduring legacy on for the sport Australia.
“Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 is about inspiring generations of children,” Netball World Cup General Manager of Fan Engagement, Community & Legacy Kath Tetley said.
“When the World Cup was here in 1991, the benefit on the sport was enormous and people were inspired to pick up a netball and strap on their Asics.”
“I think it was about the opportunity for children to learn about the game and be inspired by legends of the game that were here.”
With support from the Australian Government, over 1400 teachers around Australia have signed up to be a Netball School Ambassador, receiving Netball World Cup themed curriculum entailing drills and lesson plans that incorporate the sport.
“The resources are really good and we play a lot of netball at our school,” Netball School Ambassador Michelle Pateman said.
“The girls were definitely excited to be a part of a big netball event today.”
Schools and teachers around NSW are being encouraged to celebrate the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 by running ‘Mini Netball World Cup’ tournaments in the classroom for Years 5-6.
If you’re a Netball Schools Teacher Ambassador, why not inspire your students by running your own Mini NWC2015 at school?
The challenge is for the students to run a netball event for younger students in your school e.g. making some netball themed posters, create a video or PowerPoint presentation, write and perform a cheer or team song, or perform a cultural dance from an international country competing at the NWC2015.
Netball NSW has some fantastic prizes for the most creative entries, including a school visit by a 2016 NSW Swifts player!
So be sure to take photos/video and submit your work by 5pm (AEST) Friday 11 September 2015 to: [email protected]