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Netball Wins!

The Netball Season, which runs for ten months of the year, is over. Where did the year go? Netball just seems to tick along seamlessly – due to the capable and experienced staff that we are fortunate to have. I look back at the magnitude of our delivery of netball and marvel at the numbers.

This year we have delivered 6595 games of netball at the centre.  (This excludes tournaments and events.) One tournament alone saw us deliver 520 games in one week! This year the AMI Netball complex has seen 424,000 visitors to the centre. We expect 2013 to be even busier. The game continues to grow and, to cater for this growth, we recently announced our new ‘junior netties’ competition for years 2-6 which will be played at the fabulous new undercover Westlake Girls complex. This new competition is for both girls and boys. Clubs are also welcome to enter junior teams.

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The subscriptions and affiliation fees from the game provide us with just 32% of our income. This means that the business side of our operation is extremely important. 2013 will be a significant year for fundraising ventures. Our key event for the year will be to launch a fabulous glossy recipe book called “Game On”. This will be a collection of recipes incorporating tips for preparing and serving the food. Whilst the cookbook will include lots of healthy options, it will also feature favourites from the past and some great recipes from celebrities. Many of these recipes have a lovely story behind them and we look forward to sharing these anecdotes with the netball community. So, if you have a treasured recipe with a great story behind it – please email 

All recipes that are submitted for the cookbook will go into the draw to win a dinner for up to ten people at your house prepared with ingredients from your own pantry and fridge by a top chef.  This is a fabulous prize so send in those recipes now!

It’s still not too late to BUY A BRICK for our Arena! This campaign is still going because we need to purchase electronic scoring machines, protectant carpet and some seating. Please consider purchasing a brick and help us furnish this fantastic facility.

Many of you will have enjoyed the recent FastFIVE netball series. We were thrilled that our Onewa Arena was the preferred training venue for all six countries competing in the series (New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, England, Malawi and Jamaica). Thank you to all of the volunteers from Netball North Harbour who helped to run this fantastic event at the Vector Arena.  Check out our website for YOUR opportunity to play this FastFIVE game here at Netball North Harbour.

Lastly thank you to everyone who has contributed to Netball this year. I would like to pay tribute and thank all of our volunteers in particular the mums and dads who bring their kids along to play sport. If you think sport is just about participation then stop… and recall those fabulous moments when you hear the screams of delight and the faces of pure elation when your team WINS!

Everyone loves to win but the real winner of the day is Netball.

Adele Lendich, CEO
of Netball North Harbour.

by Adele Lendich