ANZ grant puts school net­ballers into top gear

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Whaka­maru School’s net­ball team can now step out and rep­re­sent their school proudly af­ter their en­thu­si­asm was re­warded with a $1000 ANZ Net­ball Grant for uni­forms and gear.

The grant is part of $100,000 be­ing awarded by the Aus­tralia and New Zealand Bank­ing Group to clubs, schools, fans and so­cial teams from around the coun­try.

ANZ branch man­ager Michele Al­butt said the scheme was set up to help net­ball play­ers and fans get more out of the game they love.

‘‘More than 140,000 Ki­wis play net­ball, mak­ing it one of the na­tion’s favourite sports. With all those play­ers, there is a huge de­mand for net­ball gear, uni­forms, coach­ing sup­port, court re­pairs and travel as­sis­tance to games. Many schools need the ba­sics such as net­ball goals and balls.

‘‘Whaka­maru School im­pressed us with their grow­ing pas­sion for net­ball. The small school of 85 pupils has a great group of young and en­thu­si­as­tic net­ballers who have re­ally been giv­ing it their all this sea­son. With the ad­di­tion of a ju­nior team this year re­sources were stretched. We wanted to re­ward the school’s grow­ing com­mit­ment to net­ball by giv­ing them new uni­forms and gear, so they can rep­re­sent the school with even more pride,’’ she said.

Teacher and coach Ka­reena Sned­don said the grant would make a huge dif­fer­ence to the team.

‘‘We’re a lit­tle coun­try school with a big pas­sion for net­ball. This year we set up a ju­nior team so all ages were catered for. This team has been a fan­tas­tic ad­di­tion to our sports pro­gramme.

‘‘ This ANZ grant means the girls in ev­ery team will have the proper gear to train with, which will be fan­tas­tic to de­velop their skills,’’ she said.

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