Netball scores key role in Asian Sports Partnership

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Netball Australia is proud to be a key partner in the Australian Government’s $1.4 million Asian Sports Partnership (ASP) program, announced today by Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop.

Under the program, Netball Australia will receive $200,000 in funding to implement an exciting new program One Netball Asia which will work with countries within the Asian Netball Federation to increase participation levels among women and girls in netball and contribute to health and leadership outcomes.

This program expands on Netball Australia’s successful Australia Post One Netball community program that’s been delivered since 2016 and complements One Netball Pacific, an initiative under the Australian Government’s Pacific Sports Partnership program.

The ASP aims to make a positive contribution to development and public diplomacy outcomes in the Asian region, through effective sports partnerships.

The ASP was launched by Minister Bishop at Kirribilli House in Sydney today with Australia Post One Netball Ambassador Mo’onia Gerrard, a former Australian Diamonds representative, among the sport stars in attendance, pictured above and right.

IMG_6600The announcement of the ASP coincides with the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, celebrated on April 6, which signifies the positive influence that sport can have on the advancement of human rights, and social and economic development.

Netball Australia’s CEO Kate Palmer said the Asian Sports Partnership was an exciting opportunity to raise awareness and increase the profile of netball in a huge growth market for the sport.

“Netball is the world’s number one team sport for women,” Palmer said.

“This program will allow Netball Australia and our partners to engage thousands of women in positive, supportive environments that provide the opportunity and encourage them to get active, build networks and practice their leadership skills.

“The Community Development team at Netball Australia has a wealth of experience in establishing high-quality, high-impact sport for development programs and we’re excited to share this expertise with our closest neighbours.”

Netball Australia is exploring opportunities to deliver One Netball Asia in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Timor-Leste.

Minister Bishop has praised Netball Australia for its commitment to deliver community development and peace building programs in partnerships with Sri Lankan community organisations.

Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander is heading to India this weekend where she will spend three days holding coaching clinics for young netballers as well as mentoring coaches in Delhi.