Netball Victoria launches new grants program

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Netball Victoria is offering up to eight grants for Clubs and Associations to undertake projects within their community to help develop and support the growth of netball in Victoria.

Programs and initiatives should be implemented with the main objective to create further opportunities to engage the culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) community through netball.

Clubs and Associations can apply for up to $2,000 in funding to assist with the development and implementation projects.

Phil Morely from Wyndham Victory Netball Club recently received funding to conduct six weeks of free netball clinics in Tarneit, a relatively new area of Wyndham that has a strong multicultural population that does not traditionally play netball.

The clinics were conducted alongside a local football club to try to develop a football netball relationship similar to the country model.

The clinics were advertised through local schools, in particular the Islamic College of Melbourne and Al-Taqwa College to children between the ages of 7 – 15, and conducted in line with the ANZ NetSetGO modelling.

Wyndham hope the popularity of these clinics would demonstrate to the local council that there is a need for permanent netball courts in the Tarneit sporting precinct of Wootten Reserve.

“The most interesting thing from the morning clinic was a conversation I had with a Muslim father who said that the Muslim girls need to get out and get active,” Mr Morely said.

“He mentioned that too many families let their girls sit at home and this was in part due to concerns about the netball uniform and uncertainty about the environment. We talked about the Muslim girls we have in our club and how we have adapted the uniform to accommodate the religious issues. In the end he was satisfied with this and signed up his two daughters for the clinic.”

Applications close Friday September 19th 2014. Simply download the form online and return to Netball Victoria.