Moree and District Netball Association will be able to send four teams to the Netball NSW State Age Championships next year, thanks to a state government grant.
The club will receive $4,000 in state government funding which will go towards the costs of registration and the bus to take four teams to Sydney for the 2019 State Age Championships.
“We’re truly amazed to have received the funding, it’s going to be fantastic to be able to take the girls down to Sydney,” Moree and District Netball Association grants and sponsorship officer Dimity Hook said.
“It takes the pressure off parents. We still have accommodation to fundraise for, but this is brilliant to help out and give those who wouldn’t normally be able to go, the opportunity.”
Hook said the funding will not only help the girls get to Sydney, but once they’re there, it will expose them to more elite levels of competition and may open doors to further opportunities.
“This will allow them to see some more of what’s on offer within NSW and what netball is available down there,” she said.
“I hope it encourages more children coming into the sport, that this is something to reach and strive for, encouraging them to train a little harder.”
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall announced the funding during a recent visit to Moree and said he is thrilled to be able to support young netballers.
“Funding like this gives clubs and young netballers here in Moree the same opportunities as netballers in Sydney or communities closer to Sydney; it removes that tyranny of distance,” he said.
“They can learn new skills and this will show local netballers that there is a pathway. It’s not just about playing locally, there is state level and who knows, they may get selected to go further.”