Friendly schools program a success

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Over the past few weeks, the Netball Victoria Community Development team have been busy delivering tournaments for the Melbourne Vixens Friendly School Program around Victoria.

In term one, the program has seen a total 1,013 children, across 12 schools in the City of Monash and Moreland City Council, participate in netball clinics during school hours across six weeks.

Delivered by community coaches and Netball Victoria staff, students came together to participate in tournaments held at the Waverley Netball Centre and Coburg Netball Association last week.

Netball Victoria Community Engagement Coordinator Cassandra Hadson said this program forms an integral part of Netball Victoria’s strategy to engage more people from diverse backgrounds in our sport.

“Netball is a non-traditional sport for many migrants and refugees’. Many of the children involved in the program were not familiar with netball let alone having participated previously.”

Melbourne Vixen and Netball Victoria Community Engagement Officer Geva Mentor was on hand to work with the students and helps deliver a number of the Netball Victoria initiatives in this space.

“To have the chance to participate in such a well-structured program is a great opportunity for many of the children and Netball Victoria looks forward to developing netball in many other areas of the state,” Mentor said.

Georgia Pizarcoff from the Coburg Netball Association said “this tournament is a good stepping stone for us as we move forward in building our netball program here at Coburg.”

For more information on how to engage newly arrived communities in your netball competition, please contact Netball Victoria on 9321 2222