Federation wants added protection for children

Global netball wants to place added focus on kids.

The International Netball Federation is working with the United Nations Children’s Fund to deliver guidelines to protect children playing netball around the world. Guidelines have been issued to all of the federation’s 73 member countries, including the Cayman Islands, in five regions globally to ensure children playing netball have the best possible protection and playing opportunities in a safe, nurturing environment.

Federation CEO Clare Briegal says young girls need to be safer.

“We are delighted to be involved in the creation of these crucial safeguards,” Briegal said. “This is a very important issue for women in sport, and as the leading women’s team sport in the world, we have a responsibility to raise awareness and protect children who love to play netball.”

The Cayman Islands Netball Association, the sport’s governing body on these shores, is focusing on the 2014-2015 national women’s league. The association recently concluded its annual uniform parade that showcased local youth teams from various schools, including Prospect Primary School. Prior to that, the association put on its high school league, which wrapped up this month, and the primary school competition – which marches on into February.

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