"It's the best sport in the world."
That's what I Am A Girl program coordinator, Karen Irwin had to say in the lead up to the girls only program.
Mudgee females, aged between seven to 16 years, are encouraged to take to the courts this Friday in an effort to not only learn new skills, but develop friendships and gain a new level of confidence.
The program, run by Basketball NSW, will not only be held to promote female participation, but also as part of the NSW Legacy's overall program for the FIBA Women's World Cup 2022.
"It's all about fun, participation, and falling in love with the game like we all have," Ms Irwin said.
"Being a part of sport just gives these kids confidence and it helps with their mental health.
"It's a great thing to get females active and play sport, you make friends and have a great deal of fun."
Over the three years the program will be conducted across the state, the aim for Ms Irwin is to get 10,000 girls to 'come and try'.
"I will go around the countryside to try and get girls to participate in basketball, and then the goal after that is to keep them in the stadiums and work with their associations to stay involved," she said.
With the recently imposed COVID-19 restrictions for regional NSW, Ms Irwin has confirmed the measures will be in place.
"On entry, people will have to wear masks as well as when they're not participating or eating, but when they're on the court they can take them off," she said.
The I Am A Girl 'come and try' day will be held on July 2 from 9am to 12pm at St Matthews Catholic School, Mudgee.
For more information, including how to book, visit https://www.bnsw.com.au/come-n-try/.
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