In 2018 we introduced some changes to our awards. This year we will presented two awards for Community Organisation of the Year – one to an organisation with less than 550 people and another to an organisation with more than 550 People. These two awards replace the Club and Association of the Year awards from previous years.
The Community Organisation of the Year is awarded to a netball association or club who contributes the most to grow their community and transform lives through netball.
Community Organisation of the Year (less than 550 people)
Congratulations to Longreach Netball Association. Longreach Netball Association is a small organisation achieving great things. Not only do they provide memorable netball experiences for the members of their association, they also host and participate in cluster weekends that bring together local towns over a love of netball. It is truly a culture of giving everyone a go; with players alternating teams if another is short so the game can still go on. Supporting on court performance is a strong commitment to developing their netball workforce. Longreach Netball hosted a number of coaching and umpiring workshops with high attendance and engagement from all who attended.Assisting with community events such as the local high school formal and fundraising efforts that benefit the whole town, Longreach Netball Association is truly deserving of this award.
Community Organisation of the Year (more than 550 people)
Congratulations to Metropolitan Districts Netball Association. MDNA had a great 2018 both on and off the court. At the grassroots, Metro saw strong membership growth across the board. they revised and updated their approach to their NetSetGO program and ran a very successful ‘Netability’ Program for people with a disability. Workforce development was emphasized with a comprehensive coach development program and implementation of an umpire mentoring program to support club umpire development. ‘Metro’ also excelled at representative level, taking out the Overall Champion Association award at the Netball Queensland State Age Championships. Off the court, they completed their Facilities Management Program, resurfaced their courts, refurbished the canteen and sponsored a ticket for a representative at each of their clubs to receive Professional Development through the NQ Leaders Conference. Metro truly demonstrates the notion of giving back to the community and transforming lives through netball and are very deserving of this award.