Financial boost for fledgling club
Te Aniwaniwa Sports Club has found a pot of gold.
It has been awarded $1500 worth of netball gear as part of the ANZ Netball Scheme, which is giving away $100,000 worth of equipment, uniforms and game tickets and has received more than 700 applications from around the country.
Te Aniwaniwa Sports Club comprises one outdoor netball team and was established after a team of indoor netballers decided they wanted to play year-round.
They had only two ageing practice balls and had been fundraising for equipment and uniforms when they applied for the grant.
Their online profile received more than 1400 votes of support.
‘‘When I got the call saying we had been awarded the grant, I screamed the house down,’’ coach Nikki Kirk said.
The grant paid for new uniforms, balls, pumps, bibs, drink bottles, cones, a stopwatch and a gear bag.
Kirk said it meant the team, who had been playing in mismatched clothing, would convey a more professional image.
The team have been playing together for about five months, and are ranked third in their grade of eight teams. Their nine members are aged 14 to 40.
The club’s name means ‘‘the rainbow’’ in te reo Maori and is a reference to its members’ range of backgrounds. Kirk said these included Maori, Pakeha, Dutch, Italian, Samoan, Scottish and Irish.
The club hopes to expand to include social basketball and softball teams, touch rugby and a quiz team.