Thursday, October 14, 2010

IFNA visit to Goal - Delhi

Kate Palmer, Netball Australia CEO, Urvasi Naidoo, IFNA CEO and Molly Rhone, IFNA President took time out of their busy schedules during the Commonwealth Games to visit the Goal Programme in Delhi.

They visited the Deepalya site in Delhi where the girls had prepared a play and a song especially for the visit and the group then visited the Jaitpur site and watched a close match between two of the Delhi sites, Aali and Jaitpur. The President met with some of the Goal Champions and made a small speech and presentation to thank Goal National Co-Ordinator, Kalyani Subramanyam, for her dedication and hard work. Kalyani had travelled from Mumbai to Delhi especially to meet the IFNA delegation.

The President was moved to tears to see young girls and women playing netball in challenging circumstances. She promised to do her utmost to ensure more netball equipment is sent to Goal.

Also during the Commonwealth Games, Australia’s Sports Minister, Mark Arbib, launched a RS 200 million programme ($4.5 million US) aimed at developing sports facilities across India for disadvantaged children. The GOAL programme, was cited at the launch event as an example of how sport can make significant differences at the grass roots and some of the funding is therefore especially ear marked for the Goal Programme.

Finally, a group of over 50 lucky Goal girls from Delhi were given tickets to go and watch the Commonwealth Games netball competition and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of seeing top level international netballers in action.

Hooray - The Goal Programme is just going from strength to strength.

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