In 1914, Wellington High School became the first school to recognise netball as an organised sport for girls.  More than 100 years later, world-class netballer Irene van Dyk is preparing to give netball at Wellington High School a boost.

Van Dyke has volunteered her time to coach teams at the secondary school in 2017.

Van Dyke, with the assistance of former international netballer Sandra Edge, is kicking off a partnership with the school by holding a fun night for Wellington High students and their families at the ASB Stadium on Tuesday, 20 September from 5-6.45pm.

Irene van Dyk says she is looking forward to working with Wellington High School.

“I want to coach at Wellington High School because I think there is a lot of talent there and I would like to be part of the new era of netballers coming through.  We want to make netball at Wellington High a safe and happy environment where netballers can reach their full potential, whether it be competitive or social.”

Sandra Edge says she will be assisting with netball trials and wants to encourage more girls to play netball for any reason – competitive or social.

Dominic Killalea, Deputy Principal, says the School is excited to be working with Irene van Dyke.

“Wellington High School is honoured and proud to have Irene van Dyk associated with our netball in 2017. The warmth, expertise, skill and fun she embodies will be invaluable to the enjoyment and engagement of girls at our school now and into the future. We look forward to this all kicking off with a wonderful night of netball fun on Tuesday 20 September”.

Media are invited to attend the netball evening at ASB 5-6.45pm to interview Irene van Dyke, Sandra Edge, Dominic Killalea, students and parents from Wellington High School.