The partnership, which is the only one of its kind between the YMCA and a national sporting organisation, was established in 2014 after a successful trial program in Victoria, Brisbane and Canberra.
The partnership will see ANZ NetSetGO, Netball Australia’s introductory program to the sport for children aged from 5 to 10, more accessible to children at the YMCA’s 242 Outside of School Hours Care centres right across Australia.
Netball Australia’s Head of Community Strategy and Netball Development, Anne-Marie Phippard, said it was a fantastic partnership which would introduce new children to netball and encourage them to play it as their sport of choice.
“YMCA Australia’s vision is to provide opportunities to each and every young person to be healthy, happy and connected,” Phippard said.
“Netball Australia has developed the ANZ NetSetGO program to provide children with a positive introduction to netball in a safe and fun environment.
“This partnership will be a way to give access to those who haven’t been able to participate previously, let them try the program and see if they love it. Ultimately, we want them to join their local ANZ NetSetGO Centre and continue to experience the fun netball provides for the rest of their lives.”
YMCA Australia Projects Manager – Heartmoves & Health Promotion, Stella Cifone, said the ANZ NetSetGO program is growing in popularity, highlighted by a record number of children participating in the program nation-wide in 2014.
“We (YMCA) believe that all young people have the right to a healthy and happy lifestyle. This partnership will provide even more opportunity for young people to become more active, not only physically, but in their local communities too.”
Phippard said Netball Australia, through its State bodies, will continue to provide training to the YMCA staff along with a resource pack and on-going support.