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ASPIRE Netball with Sam Poolman

Greater Bank has joined forces with Giants Netballer and Hunter Academy of Sport graduate Sam Poolman to deliver the ASPIRE Netball program, aimed at helping young netballers navigate the pathway from amateur to professional.

ASPIRE Netball

As a long-term supporter of grassroots netball, Greater Bank will further reinforce its support for the Hunter Academy of Sport Netball Squad, and local Hunter Netballers, through the introduction of the Aspire program. Aspire is the creation of Giants Netball Star Sam Poolman, and aims to allow young athletes to up their skill-set and learn how to navigate pathways from amateur to professional sport.

Helping local netballers ASPIRE

Greater Bank is proud to support the ASPIRE program, the creation of GIANTS Netballer and former Hunter Academy of Sport graduate Sam Poolman. The ASPIRE development program helps local athletes hone their skills on and off the court, learning from one of Australia's premier netballers.

Register for ASPIRE

Sam is hosting ASPIRE Development and ASPIRE Strive Clinics at local netball association courts across Newcastle and The Hunter - visit her website to book your place today!

Who is Sam Poolman?

Why did you want to get involved in local netball?

GB: You’ve had some involvement with the Hunter Academy netball squad -  can you give some detail as to how and why you wanted to be involved?

SP:  I spent the past four years playing for the Adelaide Thunderbirds and had some great opportunities off the court. It involved working within the community, schools and netball clubs and associations. One of the first things l did when l knew l was coming back to play for my home state was getting in touch with the Hunter Academy. I progressed through the Hunter and then NSW pathway and am very proud of where l have come from. I wanted to have a direct influence on great programs that already exist. I have some great memories playing in the Hunter and it was an important step in how l got to where l am today.

Why the ASPIRE Program?

GB: What is the Aspire netball program and why have you established this?

SP: Aspire Netball is a 10 week intensive training program. It is an opportunity only for current Hunter Academy athletes and a chance for them to train at a high level over the off season in preparation for state trials. I am passionate about helping young athletes who have dreams of playing at an elite level. Both myself and my family sacrificed a lot for me to achieve my dreams and l want everyone to know that it is possible living in a regional area. Its also an opportunity for athletes in the program to work with myself, ask questions and to learn what l think its important to take themselves to the next level both on and off the court.

What does it mean to have Greater Bank's support?

GB: What does it mean to have organisations like Greater Bank on board supporting you and aspiring young netballers with this program?

SP: It's fantastic to have Greater Bank on board supporting myself, this program and young netballers. I'm very passionate about my hometown, Netball and enriching the community. I love seeing and reading what Greater Bank is doing within the community and extremely delighted to be working with them.