All abilities take part in netball day

PRIMARY and high school students of all abilities came together on the court on August 1 for an introduction to the great game of netball. 

SO MUCH FUN: Students from Forbes Public School and Forbes High School had a great day learning netball at the All Abilities Skills Day.

SO MUCH FUN: Students from Forbes Public School and Forbes High School had a great day learning netball at the All Abilities Skills Day.

Representatives from Netball NSW ran the All Abilities Skills Day, working with children from Forbes Public School and Forbes High School. 

Netball NSW Regional Development and Pathways Manager Mardi Aplin said the day was about working with kids of all abilities. 

“We are trying to introduce the great game of netball to all. 

“Netball is an awesome game, but it can be quite difficult,” Mardi said.

“We are playing with modified rules. It’s all about having fun and participation.”

As netball is commonly known as a female sport, Mardi loves seeing boys surprise themselves with how much they enjoy the game. 

“Netball is predominantly known as a girl sport, we are trying to engage more kids. We are having a great day. 

“The Skills day is great because schools don’t have to travel,” she said.

Forbes Netball Association’s Robyn Kenny was thrilled Netball NSW representatives had come out to region and brought the workshop to our doorstep. 

Mrs Kenny said she was seeing an increase in the number of boys getting involved in the local junior entry netball program, NetSetGo, for kids aged 5 to 10. 

“Netball is definitely an area we can develop. The kids are all having so much fun playing netball,” she said.

NETBALL NSW CREW: Samantha Bartley, Sophie Kleeman, Mardi Aplin, Shohan Kahn, Laura Abraham and Kristian Whittaker.

NETBALL NSW CREW: Samantha Bartley, Sophie Kleeman, Mardi Aplin, Shohan Kahn, Laura Abraham and Kristian Whittaker.