On Sunday, in conjunction with Gosford City Rebels, BNSW Inclusion Officer Rachel Herrick facilitated our first I am a Girl Workshop for 2018 at Scholastic Sports Stadium.

40 girls, from across the Rebels Representative Program attended the morning session to workshop educational topics including Bullying, Self-Respect, Adversity and Goal Setting.

The breakout out groups were mentored by current and former senior Rebels players, who were on hand to share their experiences from their respective basketball journeys, but also their personal life.

I am a Girl ambassador, Annie La Fleur was also in attendance to mentor and help the girls throughout the morning.

For the afternoon session, Rebels Basketball Coordinator Kaz Irwin’s u/12 girls development group joined the workshop for an afternoon on court with Annie. Annie took the girls through a number of skills and drills, passing on her knowledge from her extensive international basketball career.

The I am a Girl program, aims to Encourage, Inspire and Empower all participants of the game of basketball, and it’s fair to say all the girls in attendance bought into this ethos. The program offers educational workshop opportunities as we use basketball as our means to educate young females in confidence, adversity, leadership and self respect.

BNSW Inclusion Officer Rachel Herrick said that she was excited to bring the inclusion workshop to Gosford to help promote empowerment in young females and  hopes that other associations will also collaborate in the program. 

“These teenage years are such a pivotal time in a young girls life, and we have the opportunity through sport, to introduce these concepts in a safe, judgement free environment,” Herrick said

“The girls really bought into the material, and were extremely engaging, and we had such a great contribution from all the participants. Sunday, was the first of many proposed workshops, as these sorts of things take time, and each and every girl is different.”

“It served as a great point of introduction with the overall day a success, and we hope to see many more girls involved in the future,” Herrick said.

If you or association would like to learn more about the I am a Girl program or any of our other inclusion opportunities, please email Rachel Herrick [email protected]

CLICK HERE to check out all the snaps from the day on the Basketball NSW Facebook page.