Netball is the most popular women’s sport in Australia with an estimated 1.2 million participants nationwide. Although netball has traditionally been a sport for women and girls, men and boys are becoming increasingly involved.
Netball is an ideal team sport for kids as it offers the opportunity for social connectedness, cooperation, fitness and fun to anyone who wants to take part. If you live in the Melbourne area and are looking at getting your child involved in netball, below are some great netball clubs in Melbourne that are worth taking a look at.
St. Anthony’s Glenhuntly Netball Club
St Anthony’s is a non-denominational netball club that focuses on girls and boys playing with their old friends, or making new friends on the netball court. The primary aim of the club is that the girls and boys really enjoy their netball and have consistency within a social group.
Their players are not graded and put into different teams each year, instead their teams are formed in U11 and they stay together in the same teams as they progress through the different age groups. They constantly encourage their junior players to develop their netball skills and all teams up to U17 have regular training with appointed coaches.
St. Anthony’s Glenhuntly also offer the ‘Net Set Go’ program for children (both girls and boys) who are in grades 1,2 and 3. ‘Net Set Go’ is a program that has been developed by Netball Australia to provide children aged from 5 to 10 years with the best possible learning and playing experience to develop a positive introduction to netball.
‘NetSetGO’ incorporates skill activities, minor games, music, dance and modified matches in a fun and safe environment. The weekly program is coordinated by accredited coaches to ensure a quality experience for all participants.
St. Anthony’s Glenhuntly Teams compete in the Caulfield and District Netball Association. Under 11’s compete on Friday evenings and Under 13’s, 15’s & 17’s compete Saturday mornings. All games are held at the Duncan McKinnon Netball Courts (Cnr. Murrumbeena & North Roads, Murrumbeena).
St. Christopher’s Airport West Netball Club
St Christopher’s Airport West Netball Club is also known as Airport Saints. It is located in Airport West, Melbourne, Victoria. They pride themselves on being a friendly, local club that includes both boys and girls from 7 years of age, through to adults. Currently, the club has 20 teams competing at the State Netball and Hockey Centre, ranging from Nettas (7+) through to Seniors.
St. Christopher’s offers the ‘Net Set Go’ program to younger children from 5 to 10 years and also have teams in U11’s, U13’, U15’s and U17’s. All teams play on Saturday mornings except U17’s which play on Thursday nights. Weekly training is compulsory for all junior players as the Airport Saints believe that commitment and effort at training is essential for the ongoing benefit of individuals and to the team. Training is held at Bowes Ave Community Centre Netball Courts, Airport West
The Airport Saints compete in graded competitions with the overall aim being that graded teams are balanced in defence/attack and centre court, to allow Juniors to enjoy competitions suited to their ability/skill level and to allow continued development as they progress throughout the season.
As with all Junior age groups it is the goal of the coaches/committee to have all girls playing at a level suited to their ability so that they will continue to develop and enjoy the game of netball.
Port Melbourne Netball Club
Forming in 2014 after a huge surge in junior Netball participants, the Port Melbourne Netball Club was formed by a group of volunteers. Their aim is to provide opportunities for the local community to play netball and advance their skill level in a friendly, inclusive and social environment.
They offer the ‘NetSetGo’ program for children aged 5 to 8 years each Autumn and Spring and have teams in U10’s, U11’s, U13’s, U15’s and U17’s. All teams have a one-hour training session every week and play in the Parkville Netball Competition on Saturday mornings. Training is held at R F Julier Reserve Courts – Dunstan Parade Port Melbourne.
Port Melbourne Netball Club aims to create a successful future for their club through innovative leadership, a strong commitment to skill development for all players, provision of a junior development program and development opportunities for their coaches, umpires and officials.
Williamstown Juniors Netball Club
Williamstown Juniors Netball Club (WJNC) provides juniors in the local community the opportunity to participate in the sport of netball. The Club encourages each player to strive for their best within an inclusive and family friendly environment, and is proud of their emphasis on participation, enjoyment, commitment, skills development, team spirit and co-operative behaviour.
WJNC run the ‘Net Set Go’ program for children aged 5 to 10 years and age group categories include U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17. Training is held either at the Williamstown High School Gym on the corner of Pasco Street and Melbourne Rd, Williamstown, or the Williamstown High School Gym on the Bayside Campus, Bayview Street, Williamstown, on a Monday or Friday afternoon.
The teams compete in the Altona Netball Association Saturday Competition and games are held at the Altona Sports Centre.
Want to Get Your Child into Netball?
If your child is showing a keen interest in playing netball or wants to further enhance their game, Australian Sports Camps also run 3 day netball camps which cover all facets of the game and is designed to improve skills and maximise enjoyment.
They have experienced coaches, with guest appearances by current and former ANZ Championship players and state players, which provide the chance to meet sporting idols and make friends while having fun playing netball.