Netball Australia is a leading member of the International Netball Federation’s (INF) Asian Region and is committed to developing a vibrant and engaged Asian Region.
Netball Australia has previously worked under DFAT’s Asian Sports Partnership Program, implementing numerous development activities in the region, which have included the following:
Netball Australia personnel have delivered coach and umpire workshops alongside the Hong Kong Tri-Series Tournament, available for all Asian Region members. In 2013, 45 participants took part in the workshops.
Netball Australia has assisted Netball Singapore and Hong Kong Netball Association (HKNA) with development and delivery of coaching frameworks. Netball Australia coaches have delivered Coaching Course for HKNA as recently as December 2018.
Netball Australia personnel acted as Coach Mentor for the ANF’s High Performance Coach Mentoring program during the Asian Netball Championships in 2012, with funding from the INF. The program offered the coaching personnel of all 10 participating national teams the opportunity to work closely with a highly qualified coach mentor.
Goal Program - India
Adolescent girls are vulnerable to a range of health issues, including HIV infection, due to social norms that often restrict them from making decisions about early marriages and sexual relations. The health of these girls has an ongoing, intergenerational effect. Adolescent girls make up nearly 11% of the Indian population, or close to 113 million.
The Naz Foundation is a New Delhi-based NGO working on issues of health and sexuality. Since 2006, Naz has been implementing the Goal Program which integrates life skills curriculum with the power of play, to develop a sports-based platform for engaging underprivileged adolescent girls in India. The program was initially piloted in partnership with Standard Chartered Bank and the International Netball Federation (INF).
Netball Australia personnel have delivered training sessions for Goal Program staff and provided input to program design and curriculum since 2009, to ensure that all girls undertaking the Goal Program receive high-quality, positive netball instruction.
Goal uses netball to draw together girls aged 14-19 from Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai in a safe, healthy environment. As well as the immediate fitness and social benefits of playing a sport, each girl must complete four modules – promotion of self-confidence, communication skills, health and hygiene, and financial literacy. Goal sessions are run at least twice a week for an hour each, at schools, girls’ homes and community sites, over a 10-month period. Once girls complete the initial 10-month Goal Program, exceptional participants that show potential are invited to become Goal Champions and Community Sports Coaches. The Goal Champions and Community Sports Coaches are trained to deliver the program themselves, further empowering the girls, and allowing sustainable scaling of the delivery model.
The program aims to equip adolescent girls to improve their livelihoods, harness their leadership potential and provide access to career development opportunities; a number of graduates have maximised this opportunity, taking up paid coaching and administrative roles with the program and with program partner, Standard Chartered Bank.
Through the Asia Sports Partnerships (ASP), Netball Australia also worked with Nepal Netball to deliver a two-part program designed to develop skills in leadership and decision making and building confidence through Netball. Participants then took part in the Launch and Leadership through Netball Program, with sessions and workshops conducted in child protection, first aid, best-practice governance, and community club planning and set up to ensure program sustainability in Nepal.
DFAT funding for Sport for Development programs within the Asian region is due to be available in the second half of 2020.