Mid Canterbury Netball is on a mission to show that netball is a sport for everyone.
On November 6 they’re holding a No Limits Netball day at Ashburton’s EA Networks Centre, a day that will be all about giving people with a disability a chance to get out on court and give netball a go in a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.
The No Limits day follows on from a successful weekly walking netball session which began last term, aimed at people with disabilities. The session now has a strong following and is a highlight of the week for many attendees.
It all began earlier this year when a local group from CCS Disability Action started attending Mid Canterbury Netball’s regular walking netball sessions.
They loved it, and it quickly became evident that there was a need there, so Mid Canterbury Netball decided to meet that need.
Mid Canterbury Netball still runs its popular regular walking netball session for all on Tuesday mornings at 9.30am during term time, but that is now followed by a session at 10.30am especially for those with disabilities.
And now attendees have the No Limits Netball day on November 6 to look forward to, as well.
Mid Canterbury Netball development officer Natalie Corbett said they’d called it No Limits Netball as it was about breaking down barriers and showing people that anything was possible.
“It’s been an amazing thing to be involved with, these guys and girls are just so awesome to work with and we all have so much fun,” Corbett said.
“There’s a lot of laughs, and everyone cheers everyone else on, and it’s been incredible to watch the development in their ball skills from when we first started, to now.”
Mid Canterbury Netball centre manager Erin Tasker said No Limits Netball was being made possible thanks to funding received from Sport New Zealand’s Tu Manawa Active Aotearoa Fund.
“We really appreciate that support, and so do our players.
“When I first suggested we apply for some funding to help cover the cost of court hire, and look at running some kind of fun day or tournament for them as well as the weekly sessions, they were so excited.
“Right from day one they’ve been talking about getting team shirts made up, they just can’t wait,” Tasker said.
Corbett runs the No Limits Netball sessions and said the difference it was making in the lives of some of the attendees was clear.
“We’ve got one guy, Matthew, he doesn’t play, but he comes to do the scoreboard for us.
“He’s here ready to go well before 9am, so he’s started doing the scoreboard for our 9.30am session, too.
“He gives a bit of cheek, and gets a bit of cheek back, it’s great,” Corbett said.
The No Limits Netball Day on November 6 was about getting even more people on court, and the invitation to attend was being sent to groups around the wider Canterbury region.
The day will start with a session for juniors (ages 5-18) from 10.30am-1pm, and include skills and games for all abilities, and a session for those 18 and over will run from 2pm-4.30pm.
Corbett said people could come along as a team to play, or come along as an individual to make new friends.
At the end of the day it was all about giving it a go.
For more information on the No Limits Netball Day or to find out how you could get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.