Arena JETZ gather community to support campaign

IMG_4272Around Australia this Saturday, clubs and associations are celebrating their involvement in our great game and also helping to raise funds for Confident Girls.

On National Netball Day the Arena JETZ Netball Club in Melbourne’s south-east are holding a `Parents and Players’ Fun Day at their home base of Heatherbrae Recreation Reserve in Officer.

A sausage sizzle and cake stall and will donate all proceeds to help Netball Australia reach its fundraising target of $100,000 to help fund netball programs, equipment and coaching in disadvantaged communities.

The Arena JETZ Netball Club is only nine months old, but already fields 15 teams in the Pakenham Netball Association’s mid-week competitions. The club has two flood lit courts at Heatherbrae Reserve which it uses for training.

IMG_4265Club president Kerryn Weickhardt said they would also be donating $1 for every player – $150 in total – who represent their teams to the Confident Girls campaign.

“For us it’s also a celebration of our first year,” Weickhardt said. “Because our teams play over three different nights during the week, we don’t come together as a club very often so the girls are excited.”

Weickhardt said Confident Girls was a fantastic campaign which the club was eager to donate towards.

“You develop lifelong friendships through netball and it’s also a great network for women,” she said.

The Jets have teams ranging from ANZ NetSetGO through to senior level and field sides in 11/U, 13/U and 15/U competitions.IMG_4295

All teams will take part in a round-robin tournament on Saturday with parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents and any keen family members invited to play as well.

Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander said success stories like Arena JETZ is make grass roots netball so strong.

“It’s fantastic to see local clubs like Arena JETZ getting behind the Confident Girls and giving their time to raise funds to allow their fellow netballers in disadvantaged communities to play and participate in the game that we all adore,” Alexander said.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Australian community and netballers, like those involved with running Arena JETZ, are special indeed.”

Weickhardt said the JETZ was hoping to have new purpose-built clubrooms opened at their Heatherbrae Reserve facility by the middle of next year.

Celebrate our great sport on National Netball Day this Saturday July 25. Help raise funds for netball programs, equipment and coaching in disadvantaged communities and #giveagirlnetball.