Tonga Netball Association (TNA) is the peak sporting body for netball across Tonga and is responsible for improving the accessibility of netball for all, across all age groups. TNA is supported by the Pacific Sports Partnership (PSP) funding from AusAID via Netball Australia and also has other partners like Australian Sports Commission (ASC) through Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP) in collaboration with Tonga’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and Ministry of Health (MoH). TNA also gets support from Netball New Zealand (NNZ) and Oceania Netball Federation (ONF). Kau Mai Tonga, Ke Tau Netipolo Campaign (KMT) has successfully drawn lots of attention to Netball throughout Tonga and is just one of the key programs run by TNA. KMT did not only reinstate the fun of playing netball socially but also offered healthy lifestyles to its participants. Since then, TNA has continued to host local tournaments throughout the islands of Tonga ranging from schools, communities, businesses, government departments – just to name a few. TNA’s vision is to have an ongoing participation in netball and its proposition to contribute significantly to community building and social cohesion.
Benefits of Netball Engagement:
- Healthier lifestyle, greater self-confidence
- Motivating learners
- Develop the skills and management capacity of sport volunteer
- Using sports team involvement to promote cultural diversity
- Empowering communities helping them to take advantage of opportunities to take shared responsibilities for their wellbeing
- Creating opportunities and encouraging community members to participate in community activities from employment to social events to civic duties
Using netball as a tool does not only increase the level of fitness and healthy living but also connect the social, cultural, environment and economic spheres in the community.
Tonga Netball Association will always try its best to foster, develop and promote netball by providing enjoyment and recreation for everyone.