The 'Girl ready' program developed by Netball NSW, works with female students from newly arrived communities in years nine and ten to help them gain confidence and be ‘girl ready’ when integrating into the school and community.
Sports Without Borders NSW partnered with Netball NSW to bring students the ‘Girl Ready’ Program during term two at Fairfield High School Intensive English Centre.
On sunny afternoons in the Western Sydney suburb the initially shy girls were broken up into groups to play a game about their favourite hobby, place to visit, dream job and anything they wanted to share about themselves. From this point on the girls were very engaged.
The workshops are two hours long, delivered by Caitlin Thwaites (NSW Swift and Australian Diamonds player) supported by Ashlee Jennings from Netball NSW. With first hour in the classroom, focusing on life skills and the second hour out on the netball courts for some fun and physical activity. Each program is attended by approximately 12 girls from newly arrived communities.
Feedback from the girls confirmed they all really enjoyed the program. In particular the classroom life skill sessions, engaging with each other and Caitlin and Ashlee. They also had great fun out on the court, progressing from no knowledge of netball to playing a game and enjoying themselves. For Sports Without Borders program organiser, Marielle Latour, it encapsulated the fantastic opportunity the girls were given whilst 'enhancing self-esteem and self confidence, using sport as the vehicle.'