The netball community gathered together with Sydney Olympic Park precinct colleagues on Monday 15 December to celebrate Netball Central being open for business.
Netball NSW dignitaries, including Life Members and Hall of Fame inductees, joined President Wendy Archer AM and the Board for their first look of the brand new $35 million centre of excellence, which will also act as the organisation’s office headquarters.
Netball NSW President Wendy Archer AM was on hand to welcome guests to the centre, saying it was an honour to be part of a significant event in NSW netball history.
“Today marks the start of a new era for netball in NSW. Netball Central is the world’s best, purpose-built netball facility and signifies the netball community taking its first steps towards driving the sport into a professional capacity,” Archer said.
“As President of Netball NSW I’m extremely honoured to have been a part of this multi-million dollar project and proud to share it with our community today. Within these walls, the next generation of NSW Swifts, the next crop of coaches, umpires and officials, will help shape the future of our sport.
“I would like to thank both Federal and State Governments for investing in our vision to take NSW netball to the next level, as well as the Sydney Olympic Park Authority for their support in delivering this magnificent building.
“2015 is the beginning of our future, and I’m excited to share this journey with our 112,000-plus members, partners and the NSW sporting community,” Archer concluded.
A decade in the making, Netball Central is nearing the end of more than three years of construction with final touches being made to the building; however, the end product already far exceeds the original vision of the building.
Announced on Sunday 27 February 2011, the NSW State Government invested $27 million towards the construction of the new centre of excellence, with a further $3 million provided by the Federal Government following the 2012 Commonwealth elections.
The Netball Central complex comprises of five international standard courts, an additional ‘Show’ court which seats more than 800 people, an education and training room, athlete rehabilitation and physiotherapy facilities, amenities for players, officials and spectators, as well as providing the headquarters and training facilities for Netball NSW and the NSW Swifts.
Netball Central will host its first international competition when the world’s best netballers descend on Sydney for the 2015 ANZ Championship Official Pre-Season Summer Shootout in February next year, giving players and spectators a preview of the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 secondary venue.
Session tickets for the three-day Pre-Season tournament are available now; $10 per person for 2015 NSW Swifts Members, and $15 per person for non-Members, with each session showcasing all ten ANZ Championship teams.
Tickets are strictly limited to 800 tickets available per session, so Netball NSW urges Members and supporters to get in quick to secure their seats. For more information visit www.nswswifts.com.au.