11s DEVELOPMENT DAY
Over our 2019/2020 summer, our country was hit by the worst bushfires we have ever experienced now known as the Black Summer.
Netball Australia actioned a Netball Bushfire Relief fund to raise funds for those that need it most and to assist Netball Clubs and communities to get back on their feet.
All it took was one email to our Founder Sam Poolman to see if she could help raise funds.
Through Aspire Netball Sam created an 11s Development Day. With our local netball community uniting as a Hunter, Central Coach, North Coast and Northern Inland region to support and be involved on the day. Focusing on the development of players, coaches and umpires while registration fees, donations and raffle prizes were all donated to the Relief Fund.
Special Guests Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes, Netball Australia Board Member Wendy Archer, local Firefighters and NBN News Sports Reporter Kate Habberfield all made an appearance for our official opening. Netball NSW, Central Coast Heart, Hunter Netball, Central Coast and Hunter Academy of Sport supporting the day. We were so fortunate to have experienced coaching, umpiring and administration mentors there on the day to develop our Associations.
We proudly raised $12,000 for the Netball Bushfire Relief.
Coming together as a sport and region to develop our players, coaches, umpires and associations but most importantly raised funds is pretty special. We are proud to have played a small part in this innovative.
Since then we have proudly made this an annual event. The community coming together to raise funds for Confident Girls Foundation. In total we have raised $19,875 and impacted the development of thousands of netballers.