Cup 'will boost junior netball participation'

The netball world cup, currently underway in Sydney, should boost participation in the sport.

So says Minister for Sport Sussan Ley as she welcomed the international netball community to Australia for the 16-nation battle at Sydney Olympic Park.



She says the world cup also supported the development of participation in junior sport and hoped it would inspire Australian children to be active and lead a fit and healthy lifestyle.



"One of the benefits of hosting such a prestigious international competition is that it inspires children to get involved in netball, which helps develop their motor skills, teamwork, general health and well-being," Ms Ley said.


"During the netball world cup, we'll be encouraging kids to get involved in our new $100 million Sporting Schools programme, which aims to boost participation in sport.



"Sporting Schools gives primary schools across the country access to accredited coaches and programmes, with the aim of creating healthy habits that last a lifetime."



• To support the engagement in netball, a world record attempt will be held on August 10 at Sydney Olympic Park to create the World's Biggest Netball Clinic which will include more than 600 school kids from 40 schools.



Pictured: Australia's Diamonds, victorious in the the last world cup in 2011

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