New community program extends netball’s reach

APON_StorytileNetball will extend its reach to new communities and participants after Netball Australia, in partnership with Australia Post, launched the Australia Post One Netball Community Program.

The largest female participation sport in Australia aims to promote inclusion and utilise the power of netball to attract, mobilise and inspire individuals and communities to encourage long-term involvement in the sport as players, coaches, umpires, administrators, volunteers and fans.

The launch, held in Melbourne this morning, outlined a series of new initiatives that will be rolled out this year, including the establishment of the One Netball Round in the ANZ Championship, five Australia Post One Netball Ambassadors and a One Netball website, dedicated to sharing stories and resources that promote diversity and inclusion within communities.

This weekend’s Australia Post One Netball Round of the ANZ Championship in Australia will encourage everyone to get involved with netball, irrespective of their ability and their cultural background.

The matches will be played in Adelaide, Sydney and on the Gold Coast.

The program’s five high profile ambassadors, Geva Mentor (Melbourne Vixens), Kim Green (NSW Swifts), Rebecca Bulley (Adelaide Thunderbirds), Clare McMeniman (Queensland Firebirds) and Josie Janz (West Coast Fever) will help inspire the next generation as role models to the netball community to encourage participation in the sport.

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Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer said Australia Post will help deliver Netball Australia’s inclusive message around the country with the Australia Post One Netball program.

“Australia Post’s support will give us the opportunity to empower and inspire our netball community through One Netball to create more inclusive environments for anyone who wants to get involved in netball,” Palmer said.

“From our clubs and associations at the grassroots to the ANZ Championship, One Netball will reach within and beyond our netball community with the strong message that netball is for everyone.”

Australia Post Chief Marketing Officer Greg Sutherland said the Australia Post One Netball program will support women, multicultural and Indigenous Australians, people with a disability and regional and remote communities across Australia to come and play netball in a friendly and supportive environment.

“We hope to encourage Australian communities to open their netball club doors, and use the power of the sport to build inclusive neighbourhoods across Australia,” Sutherland said.

Click here to find about more about the One Netball program.