Netball aims to 'empower'

Free netball program.

Free netball program.

South-Western Sydney Local Health District's promotion service director Mandy Williams said research that showed 50 per cent of women over 25 were intimidated by sports clubs was the driving force behind a free netball program.

"And fewer than 20 per cent of women are involved in team or club-based sports," Ms Williams said.

"We really do need to change this.

"Our goal is to increase the number of women engaging in these sports and this free netball program is one way we are helping to change that statistic."

The eight-week Couch to Court program is being offered to women in the Fairfield area to help get them off the couch and onto the netball court.

The weekly one-hour netball skills sessions start on August 1. The aim is to provide women with the skills needed to transition into social or competitive netball and complements the NSW Office of Sport's Her Sport Her Way strategy.

Ms Williams said the program -- a joint project between the health district, Netball NSW and the Fairfield City Netball Association -- focused on developing fundamental netball skills and boosting confidence in a supportive and social environment.

"That way all women feel empowered to step onto the court," Ms Williams said.

Try league

NSWRL's Try League program for culturally and linguistically diverse is coming to Fairfield. The program aims to break down the barriers and social isolation for people from diverse communities and has received support from both the state and federal government. The program will run in six locations.The first Try League will be held at Exeter Farm Reserve in Glenwood on Thursday, July 25 and will run for eight weeks with other programs planned to engage communities in Chatswood, Parramatta, Minchinbury, Rockdale and Fairfield.

"We pride ourselves as an organisation as being diverse and inclusive and Try League aims to make culturally and linguistically diverse communities feel part of the rugby league family, particularly for people of Indian and Chinese backgrounds," NSWRL chief executive David Trodden said. NSWRL ran a successful pilot program in Blacktown last year.

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