Final Mazda Community Netball Grant winner announced

Netball spectators in the Adelaide Hills are set to stay a little drier when they brave the elements for the 2019 season, with Crafers Netball Club receiving the final Mazda Community Netball Grant.

Club President Melanie Madsen said the much-needed funds of $1000 would be put to great use with shelters to be built to protect their supporters and players from the inclement winter weather of the Adelaide Hills.

“At the moment we don’t have a clubroom, so there is very limited undercover area for spectators and players,” she said.

“Parents, friends, supporters and players have to huddle under our meagre canteen verandah, brave the conditions or shelter in cars to watch the game.

“When I sent the email to the committee that we won the grant money to build the shelters everyone was very excited.”

For the 2018 winter season, Crafers Netball Club had three senior and nine junior teams. Its League and U11 Division 1 team were both runners-up in the grand finals.

“A key highlight for the club in 2018 was our League team finishing minor premiers and League captain/coach – Mandy Braddock – being named Hills Netball Association Coach of the Year and in the Team of the Year, alongside three of her teammates,” Melanie said.

As the sixth successful club to be announced, this grant marks the conclusion of the Mazda Community Netball Grant program for 2018, whereby a winning club was announced each month from May through to October.

Netball SA CEO Ben Scales congratulated the six clubs that won grant money and thanked Mazda for its generosity.

“Grassroots netball clubs play a vital role in all communities and it’s great to know that these funds will be put to good use and benefit the club’s players, umpires and coaches,” he said.

“Examples of how the clubs are spending the grants range from upskilling coaches and umpires by enrolling them in Netball SA coaching courses, hosting “buddy” nights during the season to foster relationships between their junior and senior players to purchasing new netball equipment.

“At the heart of Mazda’s partnership with netball in South Australia is the desire for the company to give back to grassroots netball clubs, which has truly been achieved through the Mazda Community Netball Grants. I thank Mazda for its generosity and ongoing investment in our sport.”

Mazda is a proud partner of Netball SA and the Adelaide Thunderbirds.