Boys and Men in Netball - the Indoor experience
The perception of netball not being a boys sport needs to be addressed, this doesn’t come from players it comes from adults. It starts in schools, we need to support schools to offer boys netball as an option for those who don't want to play traditional male sports.
There is no Netball Australia or Netball Queensland rule limiting male players over 12 years from playing, the association competition rules (constitution, by laws or rules) need to be adjusted to include a mixed competition and welcome boys over 12 into netball.
By limiting ourselves to our traditional target marketing we are excluding not only exciting male players from the court but potential sponsorship opportunities as companies seek inclusive sports to invest in.
You can't be what you can't see. This applies for boys as well. Having elite level players profile lifted and celebrated will improve grass roots participation.
Men's netball supporters are just like any netball supporter - passionate, dedicated and want to grow and push the sport hard. BUT they need Netball Queensland, associations and clubs help to support and drive growth.