What happens when you bring one of Australia’s most popular traditional sports to one of Queensland’s most culturally diverse schools?
Mission Queensland Firebirds star midcourt defender Gabi Simpson got to find out the answer to this question when she visited St Paul’s Catholic Primary School Woodridge recently as part of the Active After-school Communities program.
Netball Queensland is visiting the school in Term 4 as part of its Inclusion NetSetGO! initiative in the Logan region.
The student population at St Paul’s encompasses a high percentage of students from refugee/ migrant backgrounds and indigenous backgrounds.
Simpson, a current Australian Diamonds squad member, sees great benefit in bringing the sport of netball to a new group of children, many of whom are yet to decide on their sport of choice.
“The student’s interest in netball at the St Paul’s AASC program has been overwhelming”, Simpson said.
“It goes to show the great appeal netball has to all”.
“We are hoping to encourage the students to play netball at Logan City Netball Association – which is located next door to the school”.
NetSetGO! is the only introductory program for netball aimed at children aged 5 to 10 years.
The program incorporates skill activities, minor games, music, dance and modified matches in a fun and safe environment.
AASC Regional Coordinator Greg Fox is delighted to have such a high profile athlete involved in the hands-on delivery of an AASC program.
“It is inspiring for the children to have an elite athlete like Gabi come and spend time with them”, Fox said.
“Her work at St Paul’s will go a long way to encouraging a new generation of children to join netball from this school”.
For more information about the NetSetGO program, follow this link: http://netsetgo.asn.au/