Netball targets $100,000 for disadvantaged girls with new campaign

A new fundraising campaign, Confident Girls, aims to raise over $100,000 for disadvantaged girls to participate in netball.

The campaign, an initiative of the Netball Foundation in partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation, launched on Monday, is shooting to provide 5000 girls, who can least afford it, the chance to enjoy the benefits of netball.

“Netball brings girls together to build teamwork, resilience and confidence. It nurtures strong young women through fun and friends,” Netball Australia President and former Australian international, Noeleen Dix said.

“If a lot of people who love netball give a little, more girls will benefit from our game.

“Some girls can’t afford the fees to participate and others don’t have access to programs and netball facilities so by giving these girls a chance to discover a love for the game, it will boost their physical and mental health, provide enjoyment and help foster a sense of belonging.”

Funding will target areas with a high concentration of disadvantaged girls. Special multi-cultural and indigenous programs will also be provided.

People and organisations can get involved by either making a donation or they can become a fundraiser by setting up a donation page on the netball fundraising portal and inviting people to donate to the campaign with all funds going to Confident Girls.

The Australian Diamonds are the first team to donate to the Confident Girls campaign with the players committing $2000 towards the initiative and challenge others to match the donation.

“Netball has provided all of us with incredible opportunities so we felt strongly as a playing group that it was important to ensure those less advantaged have the same chance to enjoy the game we love,” Australian Diamonds captain Laura Geitz said.

The Netball Foundation, launched in March, was established to ensure netball remains the leading participation sport for women and girls through opportunities on and off the court while continuing to develop world class role models.

The Confident Girls fundraising campaign will run until National Netball Day on Saturday 25 July.

For more information, visit the Confident Girls website.