“Our club is about nurturing kids and encouraging the true meaning of community sport” says Gail Gilmore, Mid Mountains Netball Club President. Mid Mountains Netball Club is the genuine embodiment of support, encouraging people of all ages – from 5-year-old ‘Mini Munchkins’ to the age of their eldest 58-year-old player – to enjoy the benefits that learning the game of netball has to offer.
When speaking with Gail, she candidly opened up about her admiration for the club and its members stating “I feel so proud of the sense of community at our club. Although we are always trying to improve as netballers, our focus is on the player’s well-being and them having a sense of both personal achievement and success within their team. We love to see our players having a go and having some fun on the court. Watching the players develop and grow into strong, confident, healthy, young people is so rewarding and that’s why I devote my time to the club.”
But who are Mid Mountains Netball club? They are a 41-year-old community club that offers registration to girls and women (and boys up to 12 years) in the mid and upper Blue Mountains area, competing in the Blue Mountains Netball Association Competition. It is their mission to provide a friendly, encouraging atmosphere where players can thrive, develop their physical skills, build their confidence, and make social connections.
In 2020 Mid Mountains Netball Club saw the immediate positive impact on both club spirit and registration numbers that fundraising can have. After receiving generous sponsorship from businesses, the club was able to provide all players with jumpers and team bags featuring the sponsor’s logos, game day netballs, new training court goal posts, as well as invest in advertising to attract new player registrations.
“The contribution from our sponsors really impacted our community. It’s amazing to be able to provide these things so it reduces costs for families and allows more players to get involved” Gail says of the 2020 sponsorship. “In 2021 we have increased our player registration by almost 20%, with the largest increase in our 5 to 9-year-old age group.
That’s an additional two more teams on the court improving their health through netball which is wonderful”.
It is our goal here at the Blue Mountains Phoenix, to shed light upon the sports and clubs that deserve such acknowledgement across the region, and the club in the spotlight this week is Mid Mountains Netball Club.
The role of fundraising cannot be underestimated when supporting local community clubs. Now more than ever, fundraising plays a vital role in keeping a sporting club vibrant and maintained, helping to fund equipment, materials, and events that enrich the local community.
Club president, Gail adds “We have hard working parents fundraising behind the scenes and more plans for updating our equipment. We’d love to welcome more sponsors again this year and grow our registration numbers to be even higher, improving the physical and mental wellbeing of the members of our community with every game.”
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