This February, thirty people with profound disability will be tutored by trained Netball Victoria coaches to practice the skills they’ll need to play like their Melbourne Vixens heroes.

Leading disability service provider Scope has teamed up with Netball Victoria and Suncorp’s Inclusion NetSetGo program to create exclusive opportunities in netball for people with intellectual, physical and multiple disabilities.

The Netball Program seeks to train and hone the catching, goal shooting and teamwork skills of participants and encourage them to maintain an active lifestyle.

Josie Stocco says the program allows her to perfect her game and provides social opportunities.

‘I like to practice shooting goals! I’m striving to shoot goals like Melbourne Vixen, Tegan Phillip! said Josie.

‘I also love playing with my team and have made many friends. I look forward to coming to netball each week to see them again.’

Scope CEO Dr. Jennifer Fitzgerald says the program shines a light on the benefits of accessible sports.

‘The people we support thoroughly enjoy the specialised, intensive coaching and its fantastic to see the Victorian leading body of netball, Netball Victoria, display such a strong commitment to accessible sports,’ said Dr. Fitzgerald.

According to a 2011 report by the Australian Sports Commission, 75% of persons living with disability wished to participate more in sports and active recreation, and almost all respondents acknowledged barriers within their participation.

The Netball Program runs every Monday from February 13th to March 27th. Participants can join the program at any time. For further enquiries, please contact Liza Kell, Project Officer in for Communication Inclusion at lkell@scopeaust.org.au.

What: Thirty people with a range of profound disabilities will hone their netball skills in a specialised program run by Netball Victoria coaches.
When: Every Monday between February 13th to March 27th (excluding Labour Day March 13th)
Where: Sportlink, 2 Hanover St, Vermont South 3133.

About Scope

Scope’s mission is to enable each person to live as an empowered and equal citizen.

We support people with physical, intellectual and multiple disabilities and developmental delays to achieve their goals.

Across Victoria, Scope provides services to over 6,000 people with a disability across more than 100 service locations.

Scope also works with corporate and community organisations to improve inclusiveness for people with a disability.

Scope’s foundations stretch back to 1948, when a group of parents who wanted better lives and options for their children with disabilities established the Spastic Children’s Society of Victoria.

Scope acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.

For media enquires please contact:
Ai-Lin Chang
Media Relations Coordinator
T: 03 9843 2086
E: achang@scopeaust.org.au

A PDF version of this media release can be found here.