Netball Victoria is celebrating 30 years of All Abilities netball across the state.
The Victorian Netball Disability Service (VNDS) project was designed in 1984 to provide coaching and match play throughout Victoria for people with an intellectual disability.
The VNDS offered practical half day clinics to people with disabilities attending schools, day training centres and workshops, and was a successful model that Netball Victoria has been able to develop over recent years.
As Netball Victoria continues to support our Association and Leagues by offering inclusive opportunities for people with a disability to play netball, be it through the ANZ NetSetGO programs, specific All Abilities netball competitions or integration into existing programs and competitions, these opportunities are bringing netball to more people around Victoria.
In 2013, Netball Victoria received funding from Sport and Recreation Victoria to deliver inclusive netball initiatives to people with a disability. As a result, we employed Bernadette McGrady as our new All Abilities Officer, to help support our Associations and clubs in becoming more inclusive in an effort to increase participation in netball.
“It’s extremely exciting to be working in this space with Netball Victoria given the programs history and the potential we have to reach so many people across Victoria,” Ms McGrady said.
“We want to establish meaningful and sustainable relationships with diverse populations to showcase the sport of netball, as well as the inclusive environment we can provide so everyone who wants to play netball can achieve this goal.”
“With Independence Australia supporting our state All Abilities team, we are looking forward to strengthening our partnership in achieving the targets we have in place to make sure Victoria is leading the way in this field.”