Approximately 2 years ago a local alliance of disability service providers and the South Coast Access Alliance made an attempt to establish an All Abilities netball program in South Gippsland, after some effort and for a variety of reasons unfortunately the program was not sustained.
In 2014, with a different committee in place at Leongatha & District Netball Association and due to an overwhelming demand – GippSport & Netball Victoria in partnership with the South Coast Access Alliance agreed to make a second effort to re-establish a sustainable All Abilities netball program in the region and the 4-week skills program for interested people with a disability took off.
As a result, 7 affiliated clubs have become more involved in the development of the Association’s All Abilities program to provide netball opportunities for people with an intellectual disability. Currently Leongatha & District Netball Association has two keen volunteers in Rebecca Arnason and Lisa Kuhne who lead and run the Associations All Abilities program.
Proudly on the 25th April 2015 the LDNA launched the region’s very first All Abilities netball competition. Costs are kept at a minimum to encourage participation. The organising committee of the Association are currently seeking funding to facilitate access and inclusion for all people to further boost participation in the program – this will be in the form of funding to assist with transportation of participants to and from the program. The Association believes that with this assistance they will increase participation in the program for individuals from across the region.
Integral to the success of this program has been the overwhelming support and collaborative effort between GippSport, Netball Victoria, Leongatha & District Netball Association, the South Coast Access Alliance, local disability service providers and the two key program coordinators. This program has truly been a team effort.