Garville Working with Multicultural Youth in Sport – Diamonds for Dreams

In 2013, Garville Netball Club conducted an inclusion netball program in conjunction with Multicultural Youth SA. The netball program was led by former elite player Jo Sutton, working with girls and their families to learn the basic skills of netball in a safe, fun and inclusive environment to encourage ongoing participation.

The Garville inclusion netball program consists of an eight week netball skill based program for 15 teenage girls of various multicultural backgrounds. Equipment, including second hand shoes and uniforms, were provided to all the girls as was weekly transport to ensure they were safely taken home. The participants were introduced to Garville club members to provide a connection between the netball program and the club environment.

In recognition of their outstanding contribution to this program Garville Netball Club was selected to take part in Foxtel’s ‘Diamonds for Dreams’ initiative at the recent Adelaide Test Match. The ‘Diamonds for Dreams’ initiative rewards a selected club from the host state that has demonstrated support for diversity in their club and community.

For every goal the Diamonds scored in the Adelaide Test Match Garville Netball Club received $50, totaling $2900 at the conclusion of the high scoring match. Garville are looking to spend their ‘Diamonds for Dreams’ prize money on further opportunities for the program participants, including the Netball SA 3 Cheers Community Education Program, forming a multicultural team to represent Garville in a Netball SA Competition and to continue on the skill based netball program, commencing again in November 2013.