Social Inclusion Week Roadshow a Success

10822237_10152937757462953_1775754035_nMelbourne Vixens Geva Mentor and Kate Moloney have returned to Melbourne for pre-season training, more motivated than ever, following the Netball Victoria Social Inclusion Week Roadshow.

The Social Inclusion Week Roadshow is an effort to provide opportunities for people to participate in the sport of netball. Mentor and Moloney traveled to various regional locations including Maryborough, Cobram and Leongatha between Tuesday 25 and Friday 28 November. At each location, Netball Victoria conducted activity sessions where individuals of all backgrounds could practice their skills and meet the Melbourne Vixens premiership players.

In addition to holding community activity sessions, Netball Victoria scheduled clinics with Maryborough Special School, Maryborough Education Centre, Lightning Reef Primary School in Bendigo and Verney Road Specialist School in Shepparton. The netball clinics concentrated on developing the knowledge and skills of participants whilst providing a fun environment for them to enjoy the sport.

“The Netball Victoria Social Inclusion Week Roadshow is an opportunity for us to give back to the community. We want to encourage people to play the sport they love and not let physical, social or financial barriers stop them,” Mentor said.

With the support of the South Coast Access Alliance and GippSport, Netball Victoria’s 2014 Social Inclusion Week Roadshow inspired more than 300 people to participate in local activity sessions and netball clinics.

Founder of Social Inclusion Week Dr Jonathon Welch AM said, “Social Inclusion Week 2014 was a great success. Including Netball Victoria, more than 500 organisations were involved. It was a great step forward in reconnecting communities with people of all ages, nationalities, cultures and abilities encouraged to participate in a program near them.”

“We look forward to holding Social Inclusion Week again in 2015 from Saturday 21 – Sunday 29 November and hope to continue creating an inclusive Victoria.”

The Netball Victoria Social Inclusion Week Roadshow may have concluded, but Netball Victoria’s efforts to encourage people of all backgrounds to participate in the sport of netball will continue.

“We do a lot of work trying to set up more of these community programs and we want everyone to know there are definitely places to play no matter the ability or age,” Mentor said.

If you’d like more information on the inclusive opportunities offered by Netball Victoria, please call 9321 2222.