Community spirit strong focus at Rumbalara

NET SET GO 2016 GROUPWhen young children join the Rumbalara Football Netball Club’s ANZ NetSetGO program, they become a `Bombala’ or a `Wula’.

That’s the terms given to either a small lizard (Bombala) or young emu (Wula) in the Yorta Yorta language.

But it’s another way Rumbalara is connecting with the Indigenous community in and around the Northern Victorian city of Shepparton.

`Bombala’ is the 5-7 years program with kids aged 8-10 joining `Wula’. The club’s netball president Tanya Garling said it’s the second year Rumba has used `traditional’ language in the ANZ NetSetGO program, and will continue to introduce more in coming years.

“We welcomed three young males to our junior netball playing group this year at 11/U and 12/U level – two of these boys were participants of our NetSetGO program last year,” Garling said.

“A solid junior development program is on our wish list as well as new, quality netball courts that can accommodate our growing netball numbers.”

Rumbalara is an Aboriginal community run sporting club located in Shepparton that plays in the Murray Football Netball League.

The club is dedicated to strengthening the community and bringing families together through strong vibrant leadership.

It is a place of belonging, and cultural affirmation, a place that people of all ages and backgrounds can call their own.

The club, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this season, boasts four football teams and nine netball teams as well as ANZ NetSetGO and Auskick programs.

It’s not just on the court where the club is building impressive numbers. They’re actively developing coaches and umpires, with three C Grade badged umpires and three Level 2 coaches receiving their accreditations this year.

One of the new faces to their coaching staff this season is Brad Armstrong, who’s also a senior footballer for the club.

Armstrong has taken on their under-12 team, pictured right, and Garling said he’s set up a roster system for his footy teammates to come along and score every week.

“This has bought a new and positive dynamic to our netball program and has enabled us as a club to work closer together between netball and football,” Garling said.

“Our focus is to capacity build our netball mob and ensure we build a continuous quality improvement process into our netball programs and develop a seamless blend of a culturally nurturing environment and access to quality up to date netball development programs.”

Rumbalara is appreciative of the support given to the club by Netball Victoria and Netball Australia.

Garling said a big focus of the entire club has been on volunteer retention and the signs so far have been positive.

“We’ve got some great people involved in the club and we want to keep them involved not just next year but into the future,” she said.

“Rumba is a lot of different things to a lot of different people and they’re proud of their involvement.

“Everybody has a role to play.”

Netball Australia is a proud supporter of National Reconciliation Week which celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.