West Coast Fever Head Coach Stacey Marinkovich has travelled to Narrogin’s Shooting Stars site to conduct leadership workshops and a netball skills session.
Shooting Stars is Fever’s charity partner, which is an initiative of Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia and uses netball as the vehicle to encourage greater engagement and attendance at school of young Aboriginal girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns.
Across the day, Marinkovich ran a number of in class leadership programs, including an on-court netball session for Shooting Stars and Narrogin’s Year 8-10 Netball Academy.
“These girls have so many positive attributes and for me I want to help them find ways to make that self-awareness come out,” Marinkovich said.
“I hope they can take away some of the tools that have helped me build on my own experiences and use them to help further their personal growth and education.”
“It’s been wonderful to visit Narrogin and see first-hand the amazing work being done by Shooting Stars staff and its participants.”
Shooting Stars Executive Offer Fran Haintz said the visit from the coach would be a memorable experience.
“The chance for our participants to gain valuable leadership skills and insights from one of their netball hero’s and mentors is extraordinary.” Haintz said.
“Having access to Stacey will have a long-lasting impact on helping our participants realise their full potential, not just with their education, but as future leaders within their community.”
Narrogin was the first Shooting Stars site to be opened south of Perth, with 24 participants embracing the program to date.
An initiative of Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia, Shooting Stars is an educational program that uses netball and other tools as vehicles to achieve its primary vision of increasing school attendance rates for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns to 80-90%.
The program now engages more than 350 students across eight delivery sites, with an average attendance improvement of 18% across the board, while 60% of participants maintain an average attendance rate of 80% or above. Furthermore, the Program is a key driver in creating equality for female leaders and generational change, with 75% of its staff and 50% of its Board identifying as Indigenous.
Shooting Stars enjoys the backing of the governing body for netball in Netball WA, and with that support comes nearly 100 years of professional expertise in community programs and development. To find out more about the program, including information about making philanthropic donations and corporate partnerships visit www.shootingstars.com.au