Australian netball hopes to capitalise on a triumphant Netball World Cup with the launch of the Introduction to Netball video to attract new participants to the largest female team sport in the country.
The two-and-a-half minute online video, developed by Netball Victoria in partnership with VicHealth and with the support of Netball Australia, aims to help “break down the barriers to participation” by outlining the sport’s basics.
VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said she was pleased with the outcomes of the State Sporting Association Participation Program, through work undertaken by Netball Victoria over the last four years to become a more inclusive and accessible sporting organisation for women and girls from culturally diverse backgrounds.
“This video is a fantastic example of netball broadening its audience and supports local participation programs, funded through VicHealth’s Changing the Game: Increasing Female Participation in Sport Program,” Ms Rechter said.
Netball Victoria CEO Michelle Plane added “this video is a wonderful way to showcase not only the sport of netball but also the experience of netball.”
“Not everyone in our community knows about netball, many people have grown up in countries where netball is not played, so this video shows how easy it is to play netball, how much fun it can be, how it can help make new friends, and bring people together in communities.”
Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer said the video will provide a great support resource for Netball Australia’s introductory and inclusion programs.
“The Introduction to Netball video will be a powerful tool for attracting and engaging new players to the sport here and abroad by helping to break down the barriers to participation,” Palmer said.
“The video will add value to Netball Australia’s One Netball program, supported by Australia Post, which aims to make netball more inclusive, and the One Netball Pacific program, which uses netball to encourage healthy lifestyles, improve social cohesion and positively engage young women in the Pacific.”