• Hannah Phillips

Ouyen Netball Club Shooting Safer Goals

Ouyen United Football Netball Club has won the WorkSafe Safety Initiative award at the 2017 Netball Victoria Community Awards, held at South Wharf over the weekend.

The awards were a great celebration of netball communities, where individuals, clubs, associations and leagues from right around the state were recognised for their enormous contributions to all aspects of the sport.

Ouyen United was celebrated on the night for their recent initiatives to ensure the safety of their players, umpires and spectators, including introducing first aid courses for volunteers.

The club was also recognised for their decision to resurface both its netball courts, as a result of one court being out of action when wet due to ponding areas, limited drainage and insufficient run-off areas.

Another big project undertaken by the club was the relocation of the gate entrance, to divert traffic away from a high pedestrian area, creating a pedestrian-only space and extra warm-up space for netballers.

Boort Football Netball Club was also recognised by Netball Victoria for the same award, recognising the efforts the club has made to create safer courts for their players.

With their second netball court cracked and deemed unsafe, Boort Netball Club fundraised $30,000 to resurface and restructure it, before moving onto their next project - adding new lights to enable night training and twilight matches.

They have also paid for trainers to participate in first aid courses, and for the local physiotherapist to conduct regular strapping courses.

Netball Victoria Chief Executive Officer, Rosie King, said it was important to celebrate the outstanding contributions made by our netball community.

“This year I was thrilled to see so many nominations received for our Community Awards and to learn even more about the amazing work that is being done for our sport right across the state.

“At the Community Awards, a number of incredible achievements were recognised and celebrated. I would like to congratulate all the 2017 winners, but also acknowledge the finalists and nominees – your contribution to our sport is greatly appreciated,” she said.

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