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Girls to the front

Netball students

Image: Garbutt State School girls give netball a shot.

Townsville PCYC and Netball Queensland engaged the Development Officer at Townsville City Netball Association to deliver a Sporting Schools NetSetGO program on Tuesday and Thursday during lunch breaks.

The girls began to learn the fundamental skills of netball and very quickly were able to play a proper game of netball using the skills they had learnt from the games and drills. 

The School gave the girls a goal to work towards post the Sporting Schools NetSetGO program, to attend the Cathy Freeman Foundation carnival in Palm Island. Every week the girls would work on skills, game play and learning the rules of netball in order to play a proper competition. 

On June 8 the Garbutt State School girls travelled to Palm Island to play in their first ever netball competition.

They had the time of their lives, getting to interact with other schools, working together as a team, seeing how hard they had push themselves and feeling united and connected to everyone involved in the event.

The girls will continue to play netball during their lunch breaks using the equipment purchased with the Sporting Schools funding. Townsville City Netball will continue to work with the students to improve their netball skills and mentor them for the next carnival in July.

Megan Allan, from Netball Queensland, said there were several steps schools could take to encourage girls to get more active. “Simple steps such as ensuring equipment is available during their lunch breaks or even helping them to learn the basic rules. We found that the girls would often play on their own, which is an amazing achievement and a huge step towards a lifelong love of sport and netball.” 

Sporting Schools is a $200 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. 

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