Mum launches petition to allow teenage boys to play netball

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 14 Apr 2021, 6:01PM
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Mum launches petition to allow teenage boys to play netball

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 14 Apr 2021, 6:01PM

Netball New Zealand are responding to a petition calling on them to make it easier for boys in high school to play netball.

They're launching a "male participation work group" to look into the issue, starting in June.

The petition was started by Lauren Fox, as her netball-mad son can't play for his high school.

Fox told Heather du Plessis-Allan that current rules only allow boys to play netball until they are 12. 

"Some schools in some areas and some competitions allow boys up to the age of 16."

She says it's unfair that the rules are not standard across the country. 

And while she agrees that there may not be enough teams to make a full boys competition, that doesn't mean they should not try. 

"My argument is there will never be enough for a boys competition if those who want to play now aren't allowed to play."

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