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Sports Leadership through Netball

Netball NSW, PCYC and Sports Without Borders came together to deliver a community and leadership program for girls, supported by the GWS Giants. 36 girls participated in the program from two schools, Malek Fahd Islamic School and Chifley College Mount Druitt campus. The program was a combination of PCYC’s Community Resilience Engaging Solutions Together (CREST) program and the Netball Girls Empowerment Program, created by Gazelles Netball Club. The aim was to introduce new sports to young women/girls from cultural backgrounds while providing an education platform to build confidence and resilience.

The Girls Empowerment Leadership Day involved educational theory components, practical sports skills and tours of Netball NSW and GWS Giants HQ. The program focused on the following areas:

  • learning about sporting pathways available i.e. local clubs
  • building confidence and resilience by discovering strengths
  • bringing girls from different schools and nationalities together to share experience
  • learning to work as a team and respecting others

Sonia Gouveia, Community Engagement Manager at Netball NSW was involved in the planning and delivery of the program. She said “this was the first year Netball NSW worked with PCYC to combine both organisations’ leadership programs into one development day. It was a fantastic opportunity to offer a program to schools who are otherwise not able to afford to pay for mainstream opportunities. Feedback received so far has been really positive and we hope to be able to deliver a similar opportunity again in future.”

GIANTS and England Netball player, Serena Guthrie, also attended the program which gave the girls a chance to ask questions of an elite player. Exposure to an elite player can be a memorable experience for young girls, particularly for those interested in a career in sport, either as a player or within sporting organisations. 

The community and leadership program combined education, leadership and clear participation pathways by exposing young girls to new experiences and encouragement through sport.  

Special thanks to Bennelong Foundation for their support of Centre for Multicultural Youth and Sports Without Borders programs and encouraging social inclusion of new and emerging communities through sport.