Netball NSW ready to welcome the World

Netball NSW is ready to welcome the world’s best netballers, umpires and officials to Sydney Olympic Park as the Host State of the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015.

As Host State of the NWC2015, Netball NSW and the wider NSW netball community has and will continue to play a major role in staging the sport’s pinnacle event.

Whether it’s providing world-class facilities, specialist personnel, volunteers, athletes, umpires, officials and administrators; the NSW netball community will leave their own legacy on this global event.

“Netball NSW has been part of Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 from its conception and we are extremely proud to see the years of planning by many parties become a reality,” Netball NSW Chief Executive Officer Carolyn Campbell said.

“The State will be represented both on and off court by hundreds of proud New South Welshman, making their own contribution to what I have no doubt will be the greatest ever Netball World Cup.”

The State’s Governing Body’s Headquarters and $35 million centre of excellence, Netball Central, is one of two competition host venues and the official training facility for NWC2015.

Netball Central – with its six state-of-the-art timber sprung floor courts and a “Show Court” accommodating up to 850 spectators – officially opened its doors for operation in January of this year and has already hosted a number of national and International netball events.

“Netball Central has been a vision of the organisation for almost a decade, with its fundamental purpose to inspire and develop the State’s best athletes, umpires, coaches and administrators for decades to come,” Campbell stated.

“This is the world’s leading purpose built netball facility and to be able to host the best of the best over the next fortnight is an absolute privilege, and a great opportunity for Netball NSW to showcase our own sporting excellence.”

2015 will be the first time in 24 years that the Netball World Cup (formally Netball World Championships) has been contested on Australian shores; the last time was in 1991 when the eyes of the world were on Sydney.

While the local organising committee has outlined the economic benefits of hosting such a major sporting event, Netball NSW is expecting an uplift in grassroots participation from this “once in a generation” tournament.

“Netball participation in NSW is already at an all-time high with 113,030 registered Members in 2014,” Campbell explains.

“Over the past 12-18 months, Netball NSW has put structures in place and introduced new initiatives to assist the organisation to capitalise upon what we anticipate will be a spike in interest.

“In addition to legacy work undertaken in schools and community groups, Netball NSW has been working with our 118 affiliated Associations to support the implementation of taster events plus summer competitions that would appeal to those attracted to the sport following the Netball World Cup.”

With less than 24 hours until Netball Central hosts the opening game of NWC2015 between Fiji and Wales, Campbell thanked all involved for their tireless efforts.

“NSW has a reputation for staging the world’s greatest sporting events and this year’s Netball World Cup will be no different.”

“An enormous amount of work has gone into this tournament and I would like to sincerely thank all involved for delivering an event which I believe will set the benchmark for all to follow,” concluded Campbell.

Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 will be held at Sydney Olympic Park from August 7 – 16. NWC2015 will be broadcast in Australia on FOX SPORTS, Network TEN and via the Netball Live app, available to download from the App Store and Google Play. Tickets are available from www.wnc2015.com.au/tickets.