ANZ grant puts school netballers into top gear
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.