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Girls to the front

Netball students

Image: Garbutt State School girls give netball a shot.

With their sights set on playing in the Cathy Freeman Foundation carnival, Garbutt State School girls were introduced to the game of netball through a Sporting Schools NetSetGo program.

Supported by the Townsville PCYC and Netball Queensland, the Townsville City Netball Association delivered the program which helped the girls develop a love of the game, and the foundational skills required for success.

Practicing over their lunchbreaks and utilising the equipment purchased with their Sporting Schools grant, the student’s hard work was rewarded with an invitation to participate in the competition in Palm Island.

The girls had the time of their lives, interacting with other schools, working together as a team and feeling united and connected to everyone involved.

Megan Allan, from Netball Queensland, said there were several steps schools could take to encourage girls to get more active. 

“Ensuring equipment is available during lunch breaks or even helping students to learn the basic rules can encourage girls to play more often.” 

Townsville City Netball will continue to work with the students to improve their netball skills and encourage the girls to play for life.

Want to support more students to be healthy and active for life? Check out the Playing for Life resources on the Sporting Schools website.


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

Want to run a netball program next term? Check out all the details on the Netball Australia page or find a club throught the Netball Australia Club Finder.