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Australian children NetSetGo towards a healthy lifestyle

Netball Australia launch

Australian Diamond player, Madi Robinson, teaching the St Mary’s Primary School children a few netball tips 

It’s NetSetGo with netball, the latest national sport to join the Sporting Schools pilots.

Netball Australia’s Head of Sport Development AnneMarie Phippard said the highly successful NetSetGO programme was a perfect fit for the school environment.

“We are excited to launch NetSetGO for Sporting Schools.  NetSetGo has been specially modified for this schools initiative and will provide a sound platform for kids to move onto the full NetSetGO programme at their local club,” Ms Phippard said.

“It forms part of our overarching Netball Schools programme that includes NetSetGO for Sporting Schools (4 sessions) as well as the Teacher Ambassador programme and netball specific curriculum resources like the new mini NWC resource,” she said.

In the lead up to the Diamonds representing Australia at the Netball World Cup in Sydney, primary schools across the country are being offered this new Sporting Schools pilot which will help schools increase the number of students playing netball.

Upon announcing the latest pilot, Minister for Health and Sport Sussan Ley highlighted how many of  the Diamonds players would have started their love of netball in school yards across the country and developed it further through their connections with local club sports.

“That’s what we’re aiming to do with Sporting Schools – get Australia’s primary school students trying a variety of sports, including netball and developing their love for sport,” the Minister said.

Ms Ley said the $100 million Sporting Schools initiative is Australia’s largest school-based participation programme for children.

 “Netball and sport in general is a great way to get children right across Australia excited about active lifestyles whether it’s before, during or after school.

 “This investment will help bring schools and national sporting organisations such as Netball Australia together to provide a supportive environment that encourages participation for more than 850,000 Australian children,” the Minister said.

Each year more than 5,700 schools will be funded through Sporting Schools for the practical delivery of sports activities that suit their local needs.

Australian Sports Commission CEO Simon Hollingsworth said primary schools are already applying for funding grants to kick start their Sporting Schools programme for terms three or four.

“Sporting Schools is the link to help sporting bodies to work with local schools to develop a supportive environment for Australian children.

 “From netball to gymnastics, golf to tennis, we are committed to getting Australian school children involved in sport based activity. This participation at a young age is critical to help children develop a deep connection to sport and healthy and active lifestyles,” Mr Hollingsworth said.

The Sporting Schools pilots involving 12 sports will continue to be rolled out over June, with the programme to include more than 30 sports in total from July 2015.

The Netball Australia Sporting Schools programme will be made available to all schools once the current pilot is completed at the end of the month.