Netball SA and the University of Adelaide have announced an exciting new partnership with a core focus on encouraging young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander netballers to engage in university studies.
A key aspect of the partnership will see University of Adelaide representatives and lecturers attend sessions with athletes of the South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy (SAASTA) netball program to provide information on the pathways to attend university and programs available.
Netball SA CEO Ben Scales said the partnership is a great fit for both organisations.
“Netball SA and the University of Adelaide share the same commitment to enriching the community and providing opportunities for individuals to be the best they can be,” he said.
“For many years Netball SA has been a leader in encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander to be involved in our sport and the partnership with University of Adelaide builds on this.
“This year there are 19 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls in years 10 to 12 who are part of SAASTA netball program. The program aims to raise the bar of expectation they place on themselves and their peers in areas such as educational achievement and participation, whilst continuing their netball development.
“The opportunity to have University of Adelaide lectures and representatives present information to the SAASTA athletes on university pathways, leadership and resilience, complements the program and will help grow their confidence that university is an attainable goal.”
University of Adelaide Professor Shane Hearn said, “We are excited about this partnership and see this as an opportunity to further demonstrate the University’s commitment to the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
“We want them to thrive in all parts of their life and it’s through partnership like the one with Netball SA that this becomes a real possibility.”
In addition to the University’s work with the SAASTA athletes, the most valued player of the game between a SAASTA Representative Team and Pedare Christian College played before the Adelaide Thunderbirds Indigenous Round match was awarded a medal from the University of Adelaide.