Vision - The Asian Region is united in a common purpose to grow the
game of Netball.
Mission - Support the development of members in the Asian Region
to reach their full potential.
The first notions of having a unified Asian netball body came about in 1983 during the 6th World Netball Tournament and Conference held in Singapore. The Asian representatives - Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and India, which was invited by Singapore Women Netball Association - had a meeting and agreed to form the Asian Netball Federation, and this was officially confirmed at the Asian Netball Tournament and Conference to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1986.
The Asian Netball Federation (ANF) was thus born at the inaugural meeting in Kuala Lumpur in 1986. In conjunction with this event, the First Asian Netball Tournament under the new Asian Federation was held, with participating teams from India, Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka.
The ANF was later renamed to the present Asian Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA). There has been great progress of the sport and a surge in the number of Asian members in AFNA over the last two decades.
The first ANF President was late Mrs Daisy Tan (Singapore) who presided from 1986 to 1992. Ms Norminshah Sabirin (Malaysia) succeeded Mrs Tan and was ANF President from 1992 to 1999. Mrs Ivy Singh-Lim took over from Ms Sabirin and was the ANF President from 1999 to 2007. Ms Tamara Dharmakirti-Herath then succeeded Mrs Singg-Lim and was the ANF President from 2007 to 2009.
The current ANF President is Ms Anna Wong, who also plays for the Hong Kong Netball Association.
Currently there are 13 Asian countries registered with Asian Netball Federation (“ANF”) as full members. They are: Australia, Brunei, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. ANF is responsible for developing and managing regional strategic development plans, supporting member countries, liaising with potential new country members, promoting the sport in the Asian region, coordinating Asian events and development programs and promoting collaboration between member countries. ANF believes in the empowerment of women in Asia and promotes a culture that celebrates women by tackling social and economic problems through sport.
1. Improve communication between member countries
2. Develop netball in growing countries and find avenues to market netball in new countries
3. Maintain and position ANF’s profile within the international federation (IFNA).
4. Work closely with IFNA on initiatives to develop netball in Asia
5. Secure resources to employ a Regional Development Manager