Five Dock All Saints Netball Club
Sport is our second name at Canada Bay Club – we love supporting our local clubs and its members. Five Dock All Saints Netball Club (FDAS) is just one of the sporting groups with whom we have a strong connection at Canada Bay Club. FDAS is holding its Trivia Night, which is its annual fundraiser, at Canada Bay Club on 24 June – it’s going to be a great night! Learn more about this Inner West sporting club, its history, its members and how you can get a ball in its court in this blog written by its team leaders.
The history of Five Dock All Saints goes back 30 years. It was formerly known as All Hallows Netball Club, which was founded in 1987 by parents from the All Hallows Parish Primary School at Five Dock. In 2005, St Mark’s Netball Club, made up of students from St Mark’s Parish Primary School in Drummoyne, amalgamated with All Hallows Netball Club and the new club called Five Dock All Saints Netball Club was formed.
These days, as well as students from All Hallows Primary School and St Marks Primary School, we also draw students from Drummoyne Public School, Five Dock Primary School, Abbotsford Primary School, Mortlake Primary School, St Joan of Arc Primary School, Concord High School, Domremy College, Rosebank College and Santa Sabina College. Our geographic net is cast wide and our members come from Drummoyne, Leichhardt, Russell Lea, Five Dock, Abbotsford, Chiswick, Canada Bay, Concord, Strathfield and Earlwood.
Our club has flourished during the past 12 years, culminating with an increase in registrations and number of parents and friends who make up our club, not to mention success on the netball court, with a number of championships under our belt.
FDAS has traditionally been a self-funded club, as we undertake fundraising initiatives such as barbecues and gala day activities. The funds raised at these events are applied to the daily expenses of running the club, umpire fees and skills clinics for our players and coaches (who are volunteer parent/carers of our players). FDAS has a major focus on the promotion and encouragement of skill development across our players, coaches and umpires. The resulting effect is an allocated budget with dedicated training courses for all, subsidised by FDAS. The continued growth and success of FDAS, both on and off the court, is a testament to these initiatives.
FDAS prides itself on supporting those that support us. We have had a relationship with Canada Bay Club for many years (which is greatly appreciated by all members), with formal financial support over the past eight years. For many years, at least one Director of Canada Bay Club has presented an award at our annual Presentation Day, not to mention visiting Cintra Park in Concord to see our girls in action on the court and attending our other functions such as Trivia Night – this year it’s being held at Canada Bay Club.
We are very grateful to Canada Bay Club for providing Community Grants to FDAS from 2011 to 2017. The provision of these benefits to FDAS enhances the players’ skill levels, the parent coaches’ technical skills, umpires knowledge and skills, and enables us to provide the necessary support and equipment to improve and grow as a netball club.