The awards, now in its second year, recognise and celebrate individuals, Clubs or Associations who go above and beyond to promote and create inclusive netball environments.
Guildford Leagues Knights Netball Club said they were thrilled to have been visited by Australia Post One Netball Ambassadors Kimberlee Green after winning an Award in 2014.
Green delivered a clinic and presented the Club’s Award as part of their prize pack, which also included $1000 worth of Australia Post Load&Go gift cards to assist their Club in future years.
The Club was recognised for their outstanding work in introducing netball to the local Muslim community in Sydney’s Western Suburbs. Since being named as an Australia Post One Netball Community Award winner, the Club has purchased new equipment and sourced headscarves to match uniforms for future Muslim players.
The Australia Post Load&Go Cards have been used to promote the Club to schools and community groups as well as running free Come and Try Clinics for local multicultural groups in the area. The Awards have also bolstered the Club’s footprint on social media.
When asked for her advice for individuals, Clubs or Associations looking to make a nomination for the Awards, Kim Buckingham from Guildford Leagues Knights Netball Club said, “think outside the box and consider what makes your Club and local community members unique.”
Buckingham also shared some suggestions on how to engage the whole community with netball.
“Engage your local schools, churches, mosques, shopping centres and youth groups so they know what your Club has to offer,” she said.
Manly Warringah Netball Association were also rewarded for creating an inclusive netball environment by starting an All Ability Netball Program in 2009 with a small group of high school girls with a physical disability.
The success and growth of the program is evident, now catering for girls of all ages with a physical or intellectual disability.
After being announced as a winner in 2014, the Association’s All Ability netball program has continued to grow, utilising their Australia Post Load&Go Cards to purchase much needed equipment for their new players.
The Association is also in the process of organising other All Abilities Teams from around Sydney to enter in the local Manly Carnival in July.
Nominations for the 2015 Australia Post One Netball Community Awards are now open and closing on the 5th July 2015. To nominate an individual, club or association for an Australia Post One Netball Community Award, please click here.