COMING: Queensland Firebirds player Clare McMeniman will be in the region this weekend for the Brothers Festival of Netball. She will be joined by other guest speakers.
COMING: Queensland Firebirds player Clare McMeniman will be in the region this weekend for the Brothers Festival of Netball. She will be joined by other guest speakers. Jonathon Searle

Firebird coming to Bundy for festival of netball

NETBALL: One of the oldest sayings is happy partner, happy life.

Now Brothers Netball Club is hoping to create a new one - happy life, happy netball.

The club will host a Festival of Netball this weekend aimed at improving not only the netball skills of Bundy girls and women but their life skills as well.

The festival will have five guest speakers involved, including current Firebirds player Clare McMeniman to teach women all about the game.

She will be joined by Julie Gilbert, Anna Young and Eve Shepherd, who will teach about nutrition, coaching, and responsibilities as a person.

Finally, blogger Rebecca Sparrow will teach all women about having confidence and using sport as a tool to promote that.

"The vision for the festival is to bring in presenters who are going to talk to our girls and our young people about what's relevant today,” Brothers Netball Club publicity officer Jodie Brooks said.

"Building confidence, building resilience, goal setting, social media, bullying, how to deal with all these types of things.”

Brooks said for too long the club had neglected helping those that play the game.

"Over the last couple of years Brothers Netball Club have focused a lot on coach development and umpire development and committee and volunteer development,” she said.

"We realised that there was an area, which was the mind body and soul, that was missing.

"This is very important to us in the club.”

The two-day festival will be held at Shalom College and is held with the support of Athletes Foot in Bundaberg. The course is open to girls over the age of 11 and costs $32 for Brothers Netball Club members and $62 for non-members.

To book for the festival, head to http://bit.ly/2FUt5tQ.



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