Netball Central has been the scene of much netball excitement – and not only on the court! Through an exciting opportunity from the Australia Post One Netball program, more than 40 schools and community groups have had the very special opportunity to attend matches at Netball Central, the second competition venue at the Netball World Cup.
One Netball aims to create more inclusive netball communities, as well as providing communities new to netball with the chance to experience the sport. As the Diversity and Community Inclusion Partner of Netball World Cup, Australia Post is giving children a chance to see matches they may not have otherwise been able to watch through this initiative.
As Mo’onia Gerrard, NSW legend, One Netball Ambassador and former Australian Diamonds player explains, “The program is going gangbusters, introducing netball to a wide variety of young people who are encouraged to be healthy and active.”
To secure their place at Netball Central, just like the netball nations, each school had to compete to attend Netball World Cup, through the submission of creative entries outlining why their school would love to attend.
Sam is a teacher at Lansvale Public School and his students sent in lots of photos of their netball teams representing a dozen nations – just like the World Cup.
Kylie and her team mate Mona from Punchbowl Public School, wrote a newspaper article about the importance of girls believing they can achieve the world.
“We knew watching netball at the World Cup would help us with our netball skills but more than that, it would let us believe we can do anything we dream of,” said Mona, who hails from Sudan.
In addition to Mo’onia Gerrard, a number of Australia Post One Netball Ambassadors attended the Netball Central venue throughout the event to mingle with the school and community groups, including Josie Janz-Dawson from the West Coast Fever, former NSW and Samoan representative Sepi Hawke, NSW junior and former Adelaide Thunderbird Nicola Gray and Australia Diamonds Squad member Clare McMeniman.
Article courtesy of Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015; www.nwc2015.com.au
Photo: Nigel Owen