Pacific Sports Partnership helps strengthen communities

Friday, September 03, 2010

Source:  AusAid

The Minister for Sport Kate Ellis announced on 11 April 2010 a new $2.95 million partnership to build netball development programs and help strengthen Pacific island communities. The Pacific Sports Partnership sees agreements between AusAID, the Australian Sports Commission and regional sports federations, with this agreement signed in Adelaide at an ANZ Championship match between the Adelaide Thunderbirds and New Zealand team Southern Steel.

“Sport has the power to bring people together and deliver great health and social development dividends to communities across the world,” Ms Ellis said.

As part of the Government’s Australian Sports Outreach Program, this initial four year partnership will focus on the Oceania Netball Federation’s member federations of Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

A series of netball development programs will target girls and young women. The sessions will teach netball skills and engage girls in the sport, as a way to build social development in Pacific Island communities.

The partnership will also ensure the development of trained, in-country development co-ordinators within Pacific netball federations to deliver the programs at a local level.

Two other Pacific Sports Partnerships are already underway with football and cricket.

Image: (left to right) Netball New Zealand CEO Raelene Castle, Adelaide Thunderbird netball player Mo'onia Gerrard, Minister for Sport the Hon Kate Ellis MP, Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer, President of Oceania Netball Federation Tina Browne and Southern Steel netball player Sheryl Scanlan at the signing of the Pacific Sports Partnership. Photo: Australian Sports Commission.