West Coast Fever’s Verity Charles heads to the Mid West for Shooting Stars

September 3, 2018

West Coast Fever centre and Shooting Stars Ambassador Verity Charles has travelled to WA’s Mid West to visit a number of sites and participants.

Shooting Stars 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.

2018 has seen Shooting Stars continue to grow with eight separate school sites across WA, which engage with over 350 students and is building towards working with 20 schools by 2021.

Charles, who keeps in regular contact with a number of the Shooting Stars participants across the year, will head to Carnarvon, Meekatharra and Mullewa during her time in the Mid West.

Shooting Stars Executive Offer Fran Haintz said the connection between Fever players, which includes Captain Courtney Bruce and goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler, was an important inspiration for the participants.

“It means so much these girls to spend time with Verity, a strong female influence who genuinely wants to see our participants flourish when given an opportunity,” Haintz said.

“Shooting Stars has proven to be a key driver in creating equality for female leaders and generational change and having a link with West Coast Fever is essential in helping to motivate the young women in the program.”

“Since its launch, Shooting Stars has built an average attendance rate of over 80% per student and we are on track to establish more programs across Western Australia in the future.”

To stay updated on the progress of Verity’s trip head to the Shooting Stars Facebook Page.  

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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