Team work is important both on and off the court in netball.
For Netball Australia’s One Netball community engagement program, partnerships are particularly essential in delivering netball to new and emerging communities in Australia.
The diversity program, which aims to use netball to attract, mobilise and inspire individuals and communities from diverse backgrounds, was represented at the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) conference on the Gold Coast last week.
The biennial conference brings together leading decision makers, thinkers and practitioners to discuss and debate key issues that relate to Australia’s cultural and linguistic diversity through a series of plenary addresses, panel discussions and presentations.
“The conference presented us with an opportunity to meet potential partners and established bodies to help in delivering netball into diverse communities,” Netball Australia’s Community Engagement Manager, Julia Symons said.
“Netball Australia needs to establish partnerships with national, state and local cultural brokers to engage and understand the needs of our multicultural communities.
“We’ve walked away from the conference with a wealth of information, ideas and relationships that have the potential the shape the future of our sport.”
Netball Australia’s involvement as a silver sponsor of the two-day conference came as a suggestion from the One Netball Advisory Group, which includes FECCA chairman and multicultural expert Pino Migliorino.
The group, which meets four times a year, provides Netball Australia with advice and recommendations on various aspects of netball’s diversity policies, programs and services.
This year’s conference included a sport focus for the first time with a sport and multiculturalism panel discussion, involving Netball Australia, Cricket Australia, AFL and NRL.
“Sport, including netball, can play a significant role in developing community cohesion, creating a healthier and harmonious Australia,” Symons said.