The Grassroots Sites Netball Program aims to provide opportunities to increase netball participation and development for Aboriginal people living throughout Western Australia, with a strong focus on targeting players who are not currently playing in an affiliated competition on a regular basis. Currently, the Grassroots Program operates out of 10 sites throughout the South West region of the state and consists of an 8-10 week training program focusing on skill and game development for young players. In addition, the Grassroots Sites Program provides opportunities for participants to compete at events such as the Aboriginal Youth Gala Day, Smarter than Smoking Association Championships and the annual NAIDOC Carnival.
The ten Aboriginal Grassroot Sites include:
- Katanning All Stars – Katanning Netball Association
- Kwinana Djarlyn – Rockingham & Districts Netball Association
- Mandurah Yirra Djinda – Mandurah Netball Association
- Noranda – Noranda Netball Association
- Moorditj Nyoongar Yorgas – Bunbury Netball Association
- Northam Yirra Djinda – Northam Netball Association
- Woola Woola Koolangkas – Joondalup Netball Association
- Geraldton- Geraldton Netball Association
- Narrogin Cuballing- Narrogin Netball Association
- Albany- Albany Netball Association
Netball WA staff and/or Community Coaches visit each site to assist with player and coach development in the lead-up to community netball carnivals. Additionally, Netball WA develops the capacity for the local community to support the Aboriginal Grassroots program by assisting community members in obtaining their Foundation Coaching and Level 1 Umpire accreditations.
History & Participation
The Netball WA Grassroots Sites program was initially piloted as the Moorditj Noongar Yorgas Development Program in Bunbury in 2003. In 2004 the program evolved into the Aboriginal Grassroots Program, and introduced to the Midwest, Wheatbelt and Goldfield Regions in early 2005. The program has continued to evolve, now operating in 2 metropolitan and 8 regional areas, with over 300 athletes and a large number of coaches and officials engaging in and progressing through the Netball WA pathway.