Young netballers unite for Confident Girls

Netball communities around the country united to raise money to give netball to those who can least afford it through the Netball Foundation’s Confident Girls Campaign in 2015.

One fundraiser for the campaign was teenager Caitlin Ardill (pictured third from the left) and her netball club St Bernadette’s in New South Wales, who raised $501.50 for Confident Girls.

After seeing the campaign advertised on Netball Australia’s Facebook page, 13-year-old Caitlin rallied her teammates and raised money through a mixture of online donations and a raffle at the St Bernadette’s junior presentation night.

It was a combination of generous donations from organisations, local community members and Caitlin’s teammates that enabled three game day packs and a signed and framed NSW Swifts Poster to be raffled as prizes on the night.Attachment-1

“I wanted to raise money because I met a lot of my friends through netball and I wanted to give other girls the opportunity to meet new people and play netball too,” fundraiser Caitlin Ardill said.

“I gained a lot from netball so it’s nice to give it back to other people.”

Ardill raised $286 from the raffled items and persisted with her fundraising and raised a further $215.50 through online donations to the Netball Foundation.

Club President Kim Myers described Caitlin as a positive, enthusiastic and keen member of St Bernadettes who is always willing to help out in any way she can.

“They did a really great job. I’m very proud,” Myers said of Ardill and her teammates.

“I think (netball is) a great sport, it’s a very social event and you want everyone who could possibly play to join in.

“Those people who aren’t so well-off, if we can help them in any way we’re quite willing to help.”

The Netball Foundation will be raising money for the Confident Girls campaign again in 2016.

The aim of Confident Girls is to give more girls the chance to build confidence both on and off the court, be fit, healthy and strong, make friends and have fun.

More information about the Confident Girls campaign and the Netball Foundation can be found here.