Outdated Christchurch netball membership will get a brand new look

Technical netball gamers can take their recreation to the subsequent degree after the membership has obtained a grant to purchase new uniforms.

Membership president Brenda Bickerstaff utilized for an ANZ grant for netball because the 101-year-old membership wanted assist updating its uniforms.

“The membership has been round since 1921 and we wish to take the membership into the brand new century and replace issues,” she mentioned.

The membership has obtained over 100 new coaching tops to alleviate the monetary burden of the equipment improve.

“I by no means thought that in 1,000,000 years we’d get a grant as I understand how common it’s and there are such a lot of deserving golf equipment in New Zealand,” mentioned Bickerstaff.

“We’re a brand new committee that inherited an important membership, however we’re operating from the odor of an oily rag. We’re uninterested in asking members for cash, we do not wish to cost members as a result of we’re attempting to make the sport accessible to everybody.”

In accordance with Bickerstaff, when the membership first shaped, the sport was very completely different.

“They performed 9 video games and no defenders have been allowed to defend. Girls weren’t allowed to run as a result of they did not wish to sweat.

“They have been carrying previous black attire that seemed like aprons that went beneath the knees and black stockings.

“Having these tops provides you that additional sense of connection and belonging to a technical netball membership, it doesn’t matter what degree you play.

“It doesn’t matter if he’s the premier’s prime participant or a social media participant on Saturdays, all gamers will look the identical and that offers them and the membership an expert edge.”

ANZ normal supervisor of selling Matt Pickering mentioned the financial institution is proud to assist netball from grassroots golf equipment and faculties in Christchurch to elite premier league gamers ANZ and Silver Ferns.

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