On Monday 1 December, Netball NSW will commence a new era in the history of the organisation when it moves into its $35million centre of excellence, Netball Central, at Sydney Olympic Park.
After the “turning of the sod” 19 months ago on Sunday 17 February 2013, construction is nearly complete on this impressive, purpose built, world-class netball facility.
“Monday will certainly be a very special day for netball in New South Wales as we relocate to this stunning facility,” Netball NSW Chief Executive Officer, Carolyn Campbell said.
In addition to being the administration Headquarters of Netball NSW and the NSW Swifts, Netball Central will house a “show court” with seating for approximately 850 people plus five further courts (all courts feature state-of-the-art timber sprung flooring), a training and education room, extra meeting rooms, medical facilities, a Café, and it will also be home to the Netball NSW Hall of Fame.
And aside from the physical features and inclusions, Netball Central is a very smart, eco-friendly building which users won’t be able to see but will feel the benefits of.
“During the initial design phase, it was important to us that the building was as environmentally and economically friendly as it could be,” explained Campbell.
“Now that the facility is nearly completed, we are delighted with the number of eco-friendly features incorporated into the final product, including the natural ventilation of the courts instead of traditional air-conditioning.”
For the Netball NSW Board and Executive, this facility has been a decade in the making, with the reality far exceeding the original vision.
“You look at something for so long on paper two-dimensionally, but once you see it in real life and the see the size and scale of it, it’s just enormous,” Campbell said.
“I think one of the most pleasing elements of Netball Central is the Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) structure; which we all thought early on would look great, but until you see it in reality you don’t understand how imposing these structures are.”
Netball NSW’s move to Netball Central means the organisation will now vacate the Anne Clark Centre in Lidcombe, which has been the much-loved home of netball in NSW for 34 years.
“The vision for Netball NSW and the sport in the State moving forward is hugely exciting, but we are all a little emotional about leaving the Anne Clark Centre, because the sentiment and history we’ve created here has enabled us to move to a facility such as Netball Central,” Carolyn Campbell concluded.
The vision for Netball Central has always been to inspire, develop and produce the finest athletes, coaches, umpires and administrators for generations to come, and Netball NSW is hugely excited to show this facility off to the wider community with a number of open days in 2015 (details to be announced in due course).
Netball NSW wishes to advise that from 1pm Friday 28 November and until 9am Monday 1 December, the organisation’s email and phone systems will be offline as part of the move to Netball Central. If you need to contact anyone, please call their mobiles.
As part of this move, there will be no changes to telephone numbers, fax numbers, email addresses, website addresses or the organisation’s Post Office Box. However, the street address will become;
2 Olympic Boulevard
Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
This project is funded by the Australian Government, Communities NSW – Sport and Recreation, Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Netball NSW.
The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of Communities NSW – Sport and Recreation.