Netball Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group gathered at Netball WA in Perth this week to reflect on the first year of achievements and learnings, meet members of the WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander netball community, and run a coaching clinic for the netball stars of the future.
Since Netball Australia’s inaugural RAP was launched in November 2015, progress has been made nationally towards all actions, with engagement of State and Territory Member Organisations playing a large role in achieving early success with meetings hosted by Netball Queensland, Netball South Australia, Netball Northern Territory and now Netball WA.
Highlights of 2016 RAP activities include:
- Over 220 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Umpires and Coaches completing new accreditations.
- 16 Unconscious Bias, ‘Cultural Perspectives’ and Cultural Competency and Awareness sessions held nationally for more than 400 netball staff and coaches.
- An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Protocol Guide developed for Netball Australia and the Member Organisations.
- An Elite Player Support Guideline developed to improve support and engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander netball players in the High Performance Pathway
- Netball NT launching their own RAP, with both Netball SA and Netball WA starting their RAP development process.
Convening in Perth for the first time, the RAP Working Group heard from Netball WA on the lessons and insights from their Aboriginal engagement programs that have run for almost fifteen years. The group also heard from Glass Jar Foundation on the early success of the Shooting Stars program, using netball as a vehicle to engage Aboriginal girls in education.
Coaches on the RAP Working Group, including former Diamonds players Marcia Ella-Duncan and Sharon Finnan-White, finished the day with a two hour clinic with Netball WA’s Grassroots site program and All Stars players.