Net Set Go

Kids netball takes off

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Louise Alling­ham

More than 100 lit­tle net­ballers in Kar­ratha, Wick­ham and Dampier started Netball WA’s NetSetGO pro­gram on May 5.

The eight-week in­tro­duc­tory netball pro­gram is de­signed for kids aged be­tween five and 10 and teaches them to play netball while hav­ing fun and stay­ing ac­tive.

Kar­ratha Netball As­so­ci­a­tion runs NetSetGO an­nu­ally.

There are 102 kids reg­is­tered this year in Kar­ratha, with a fur­ther 40 par­tic­i­pants in Wick­ham and Dampier.

NetSetGO co-or­di­na­tor Amanda Mor­ley said the pro­gram in­tro­duced netball to the kids through games and ac­tiv­i­ties.

“The ac­tiv­i­ties repli­cate skills and de­ci­sion-mak­ing that they will face once they start to com­pete,” she said.

“This year we had a great re­sponse.”

Ms Mor­ley said it was im­por­tant for kids to be in­volved in sport.

“Sport cre­ates a safe en­vi­ron­ment where the kids can be ac­tive, so­cial and learn a new skill,” she said.

“Netball is an amaz­ingly so­cial sport and these guys are meet­ing new friends in a new en­vi­ron­ment.”

NetSetGO is one of many pro­grams and events planned for the Kar­ratha Netball As­so­ci­a­tion this year.

The as­so­ci­a­tion runs de­vel­op­ment clin­ics for ju­niors as well as um­pir­ing and coach­ing cour­ses run by high-pro­file ex­pe­ri­enced vis­it­ing ex­perts.

On May 29, KNA’s ju­nior clinic will be hosted by Sue Gau­dion, who has ex­pe­ri­ence coach­ing at a State, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level.

For more in­for­ma­tion, head to kar­rathanet­bal­las­so­ci­a­tion.wa. netball.com.au.

Pic­tures: Louise Alling­ham

Kids learn­ing warm-ups from NetSetGo co-or­di­na­tor Amanda Mor­ley.

Pic­ture: Casey Newby

More than 100 kids are reg­is­tered for the Kar­ratha NetSetGO pro­gram at the Leisure­plex.

Young net­ballers par­tic­i­pate in a pass­ing and catch­ing drill.

Kasey Ryan and Aja Tito, both 5.

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