In praise of our wonderful volunteers

volunteer BBQ State Champs 2015

Monday 9 May marks the start of National Volunteer Week, our annual celebration to highlight the vital roles of all our volunteers who not only help netball grow, but without whom the sport wouldn’t exist.

Since last year’s celebrations the sport has grown at both local, state, national and international level, – so it is important we say thank you to the thousands of volunteer coaches, umpires, event staff, coordinators, parents, and many more who give up their free time to help our sport shine.

Whether you assist at the Saturday netball BBQ, sit courtside marking scoresheets, support the car parking attendants at a carnival, collect up the goal post padding on the last time slot, update your Club website or help with the many more volunteering roles that make a difference every netball season – we say thank you.

In 2016, National Volunteer Week will be celebrating its 28th year. Established in 1989, it is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia – a fact that speaks volumes for how important our volunteers are to us and our game. This week therefore provides an opportunity to highlight these incredible people and the roles they play in communities all over New South Wales.

‘’Netball NSW would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers across every association, club, competition, event and team who give so freely of their time, commitment and dedication to our wonderful support,’’ Di Brown, Volunteer Workforce Manager at Netball NSW, said.

‘’Without volunteers we could not enjoy our sport and this week gives us just a small opportunity to reach out and say thank for each and every way that our volunteers contribute to our great game.’’

You are the lifeblood of our sport. Thank you.