Netball Queensland is proud to officially announce the launch of Diamond Spirit, a holistic community engagement program which uses netball as a vehicle to empower and educate Indigenous girls in remote and regional communities.
Formerly known as the Indigenous Advancement program, Diamond Spirit has already made a positive impact in the lives of more than 1000 participants in the Far North Queensland communities of Aurukun, Mapoon, Napranum and Yarrabah.
Participants have been engaged in a range of fun educational and practical workshops as part of the program, which uses netball to encourage and reward healthy living and engagement in education.
Do you want to change lives through netball with Diamond Spirit? To express your interest in partnering with the program, contact Adam Abbott via Adam.Abbott@netballq.org.au.
Netball Queensland CEO Catherine Clark said the program was a central pillar of her organisation’s vision to transform lives through netball.
“We are passionate about supporting improved participation, education, health and leadership outcomes and creating a really meaningful connection between netball and Indigenous women and girls,” Clark said.
“Our sport is unique in that it was created and grown for women and by women. We believe netball enriches the lives of women and girls and want to ensure all women have access to netball. It’s through the special sisterhood and bond our community shares that we can support young indigenous women find their voices as future leaders.
“We’ve experienced great early success in taking netball into Queensland’s remote communities and we are so happy with how Diamond Spirit has been embraced. With a bit of support, we can already see these communities will own and grow the Diamond Spirit program in the years to come.”
Diamond Spirit has to date been funded by the Queensland Government Department of Sport, Recreation and Racing, who have committed to supporting the program until the end of 2019.
In 2018 Diamond Spirit will expand support three more Queensland communities thanks to additional funding received from the Embracing 2018 Sport Grants Program.
This will include a contract with the Queensland Department of Education that will provide two full time teaching resources dedicated to delivery of the program within two identified Queensland high schools.
“We’re so excited to be able to expand the program and positively impact the lives of more Indigenous women and girls in 2018,” Clark said.
“Our priority now is to work with aligned partners to ensure we can continue to support these communities and connect with more Indigenous women and girls in the future.”