$1000 boost for Roosters netball

UMPIRING: Madeline Hansen, Sophie Crouch, Isabelle Coates and Stella Arbon were able to benefit from the Mazda community netball grant.
UMPIRING: Madeline Hansen, Sophie Crouch, Isabelle Coates and Stella Arbon were able to benefit from the Mazda community netball grant.

The Crystal Brook Netball Club has won a $1000 Mazda community netball grant.

The application was submitted by Robyn Kelly, an umpire and social member of the club who says the money will pay for junior and senior umpire workshops. 

“In April, we ran a beginner umpires workshop for all four junior grades. The workshop provided the young players of our grassroots club a basic understanding of the rules of netball”, Robyn said. 

It has also given them the opportunity to become more involved and learn how to umpire a game of netball.

Robyn Kelly

The Crystal Brook Netball Club has a vision of increasing the confidence of junior umpires and wants them to have ample access to information regarding the sport. 

“To build on this, we recently introduced the coloured shirt program, which allows umpires who are just starting to develop their skills and confidence with the assistance of a mentor and other resources”, Robyn said. 

“With the junior umpires being distinguishable in the coloured shirts, it means that coaches, players and spectators are aware they are learning to umpire.”

Crystal Brook netball club is an inclusive community club that is run by volunteers, which in the 2018 seasons has 12 teams and about 100 players including a young boy who plays in the junior grades. 

Six Mazda grants are available to clubs around South Australia and a winning club is announced each month from May through to October.  Grassroot netball clubs around the state were invited to apply for the grants earlier in 2018.