Achieving new goals in India

ONE NETBALL: ONCA Visit; India: Diamonds Visit Naz Office & Netball Club in action in Aali - New Delhi, India. Photo: Narelle Spangher, Netball Australia

It has been a busy week in India this week, with Australian Diamonds, Caitlin Thwaites and Nat Medhurst joining Netball Australia staff as a part of the Australian Government’s Asian Sports Partnerships program.

Beyond their visit with the Australian High Commission in India, Thwaites and Medhurst also visited Goal Program sites to meet and play with participants, run a clinic with Goal Program coaches and meet with the Goal Program team.

So what is the Goal Program? The Goal Program utilises netball to draw together girls aged 14-19 from Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai in a safe, healthy environment, through a 10 month curriculum.

Netball Australia has been working with the Naz Foundation this year as an initiative of One Netball Asia, made possible with funding through the Australian Government’s Asian Sports Partnerships.

And the Naz Foundation? The Naz Foundation is a local NGO working on issues of health and sexuality in India. Since 2006, Naz has been implementing the Goal Program which has seen over 15,500 girls reached through the program since 2006, and 10,000 girls enroled in the program last year alone.

Netball Australia provides technical input and coach training for the program to ensure that all girls receive high-quality, positive netball instruction.

Further to the partnering with the Goal Program, Netball Australia has been working alongside the Australian Government since launching the Sports Diplomacy Strategy last year, aiming to build people-to-people and organisational links, and engage key demographics including women and girls.