Conference sets stage for big year

The 2014 Netball NSW Biennial Conference has drawn to a close, marking the end of a jam-packed weekend full of all things netball at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre.

More than 300 delegates attended the two-day conference, making the 2014 event – the fifth of its kind – the largest Biennial Conference to date.  Coaches, umpires, administrators and lovers of netball attended sessions on a variety of topics, hopefully taking home some new ideas for the season ahead.

Netball NSW Chief Executive Officer Carolyn Campbell said it was fantastic to see so many attend this year’s event, and the excitement it brings for the upcoming year.

“It’s an amazing response to us and one that we really look forward to because it gives us the opportunity to capture so many people in one spot – all that energy, all that information and to set the scene for the season ahead in 2014,” Campbell said.

The scope and size of the Biennial Conference has continued to grow over the years – not just in attendance, but in the delivery of sessions and information.  Campbell said the opportunity to be able to get the NSW netball community together in one place was invaluable.

“There’s no doubt, with 112,000 members, making sure we have all our coaches, umpires, officials and administrators up-to-date and up to speed is incredibly important, Campbell said.

“The Conference is here to motivate; to give our members the chance to mix with so many like-minded people is an incredible opportunity and to be able to do it in one place, at one time, and to be able to do it in February just ticks all those boxes for us and sets us up for an incredible year I believe.”

There was plenty on offer throughout the second day of the conference; from a practical ANZ NetSetGO session in the main arena (with special guests Cromer Netball Club assisting in the presentation) to Netball World Cup 2015 CEO Marne Fechner giving an insight into how the NSW netball community can get involved.

The conference concluded with a special NSW Swifts Intra-Club Exhibition Match, as part of the Club’s free FAN DAY at the Sports Centre.  Swifts fans packed the stands with their first chance to see their favourite team in action ahead of next weekend’s opening match of the 2014 ANZ Championship.

Tickets are available now for the NSW Swifts first game of the season on Sunday 2 March, where they’ll take on the West Coast Fever at 12:18pm (AEDST) – head to www.swiftstickets.com.au to secure your seat today!

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2014 Netball NSW Biennial Conference – we look forward to seeing you all again in 2016!

Click here to check out some of the action from across the weekend on Netball NSW Facebook page.