Netball Central Opening Ceremony held at Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia, Monday, 15 Dec 2014. Photo: Murray Wilkinson (SMP Images).

This state-of-the-art centre is based in NSW’s premier sporting precinct of Sydney Olympic Park. As impressive as it is imposing, Genea Netball Centre is not only the country’s leading netball facility, but its versatility lends itself perfectly to hosting a wide range of functions and events; community, corporate and sporting.

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On Sunday 27 February 2011, Netball NSW in conjunction with the NSW State Government, announced a new “centre of excellence” for netball in NSW.

On Friday 6 February, 2015, The Honourable Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Sport & Recreation and Police & Emergency Services, officially opened as Netball Central (now Genea Netball Centre) today, Friday 6 February, ahead of Netball NSW hosting its first major tournament in the brand new $35 million centre of excellence. Mr Ayres was joined by Craig Laundy MP, Federal Minister for Reid, Netball NSW President Wendy Archer AM, Chief Executive Officer Carolyn Campbell and members of the netball community for the historic moment, with the unveiling of a new plaque to mark the momentous occasion.
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Update: 15/12/14 – Netball community gathers for first look at Netball Central

The netball community gathered together with Netball Central Opening CeremonySydney Olympic Park precinct colleagues on Monday 15 December to celebrate Genea Netball Centre 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.
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View the construction progress with some photos from site, taken 22/10/14:

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In early October 2014, SKY Sport NZ filmed a feature on Genea Netball Centre which aired on their prime-time netball show, The Netball Zone”.


Update: 26/11/14

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, Genea Netball Centre, 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.
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Update: 12/09/14

Construction of Netball NSW’s new Centre of Excellence, Genea Netball Centre, is nearing the end with the completion of many ‘big’ jobs – including the massive roofing sheets being installed.  The project team is now turning their attention to the building’s aesthetics.

With the central ‘hub’ structure complete, trimmings such as installation of carpet and windows, as well as painting has already taken place with contractors soon beginning joinery work for the kitchen, and installation of work stations.
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Update: 26/03/14

Over the last 12 months, construction of the hub building, courts and ‘Show Court’ have commenced and the skeleton of the ‘Show Court’ stadium seating has recently begun to take shape. Netball NSW has been concentrating on some of the finer details of fit-out and finishing – including technical equipment such as Audio Visual, scoreboards, office layout, dynamic display and significant consideration is being given to the operational elements of the facility.

While plenty of progress was made during 2013, there are still some major construction aspects that are due to be completed in early 2014, most notably the timber structure and roofing.
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Announcement: 29/08/13

Tony Abbott Announcement

On Thursday 29 August 2013, Netball NSW welcomed the Coalition’s pledge to provide $6 million to complete the construction of Netball Central (now Genea Netball Centre) and to support netball in the lead-up to the 2015 World Netball Championship in Sydney.If elected, the Coalition will provide $3 million to support the completion of Netball NSW’s centre of excellence, Netball Central. This sum complements the existing $27 million contribution from the New South Wales Government and the $1.24 million funded by Netball NSW.

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Update: 20/05/13
Main areas of achievement over the past month include; services diversions, further soil testing and commencement of bulk excavations, palm trees transplantation and initial car park entrance works.
Within the coming weeks, the following is anticipated to be undertaken; completion of new car park entrance, stormwater redirections and stage 1 of forecourt works.

In the past fortnight, ASF Horner has been appointed as the flooring suppliers for the courts, with a PR2 flooring system to be installed using American maple timber.
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If you have been to one of the NSW Swifts’ first home games of the 2013 ANZ Championship season, you will have noticed the progress on the Genea Netball Centre construction site!

One month on from the last update, excavation work has continued on the site with earth-movers a constant presence.

Relocation of trees and lights continues in the southern area of the site as workers prepare for the compaction of the soil for construction. While earthwork continues in the forecourt area and stormwater installation, water, electrical and other services are addressed.

Take a peek into the future of what the new facilities will look like once complete with new sketches from architect Scott Carver.

Check out more of the latest sketches and construction images on the Netball NSW Facebook Page.
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Update: 22/03/13

It’s been one month since the inaugural NSW Swifts FAN DAY was held on Sunday 17 February – how time flies when you’re having fun!

Hundreds of our netball family and friends came to Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre (SOPSC) to take part in the fun activities on offer, met the NSW Swifts team and enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of our home venue.

Another historic event happened that Sunday, with the ‘turning of the first sod’ by NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and Minister for Sport Hon. Graham Annesley MP on the site of our soon-to-be brand new home,Netball Central.

With Netball NSW President Wendy Archer AM and CEO Carolyn Campbell – along with members of our community – watching on, the ceremony marked the beginning of construction of the new state-of-the-art centre.

Four weeks on and construction has commenced.

Supporters attending NSW Swifts home games at SOPSC will notice space has been cleared to accommodate the builders’ requirements in mapping out the foundations of our six indoor court facility.  Earthmovers have also been on-site to excavate the site to enable foundations to be laid over the coming weeks.

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Update: 17/02/13
Official ‘Turning of the first sod’ at the NSW Swifts FAN DAY

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and the Hon Graham Annesley MP were on hand to officially ‘turn the first sod’ of Netball Central (now Genea Netball Centre) at the inaugural NSW Swifts FAN DAY on Sunday 17 February.

With the Netball NSW community watching on, the ceremony marks the beginning of construction of the new state-of-the-art centre of excellence.

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Netball Central The development of the Genea Netball Centre project at Sydney Olympic Park has recently progressed through a number of issues including:
• Further development of the schematic design and review of the cost implications;
• Commencement of the Preliminary Environmental Assessment Report (PEAR); and
• Appointment of the full design team.

Specialised consultants across a number of fields have completed their investigations and presented findings to Scott Carver Pty Ltd which has enhanced the schematic design of the building. Advice from additional consultants is expected in the coming weeks to further refine the design.

The focus for the next stage of the project is to lodge appropriate planning applications and secure design consent with the relevant authorities, address issues with site accessibility, procure an Independent Certifier and seek approval for potential building contractors.

Netball NSW, along with representatives from Scott Carver Pty Ltd, conducted a presentation of the design with the Minister for Sport on 11th January 2011. Netball NSW also received the second instalment of funding, being $10 million, in February 2012.

The Joint Steering Committee and Netball NSW Board have conducted monthly meetings to address issues arising and approve recommendations and appointments as required.


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The Netball NSW Board is thrilled to see so many years of planning come to fruition with the announcement that a re-elected Keneally Government will invest $27 million to build a new state-of-the-art Netball Centre of Excellence at Sydney Olympic Park – the largest investment in netball in Australian history.

Premier Kristina Keneally and Minister for Sport Kevin Greene made the announcement at half-time of the NSW Swifts round three ANZ Championship game at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on Sunday.
“This is the biggest investment in netball in Australian history,” Ms Keneally said.
“Our Netball Centre of Excellence will be the envy of netball organisations around the world.
“Thanks to a record number of junior players, the success of the NSW Swifts and legends like Liz Ellis, there is no disputing that NSW is the home of netball in Australia.
“This record investment is about keeping NSW on top when it comes to netball – as well as ensuring one of Australia’s leading sports has a world class facility in the Olympic Precinct.”
The new $27 million facility will include:

• Six new state-of-the-art timber sprung floor courts including an elite netball “show court” with seating for approximately 800 spectators;

• Headquarters for Netball NSW including contemporary reception with merchandise shop;

• Multi-purpose meeting/function room for up to 150 people;

• Gymnasium / rehabilitation facilities;

• Physiotherapy/ first aid rooms, player change rooms incorporating recovery facilities; and

• The NSW Netball Hall of Fame.

Netball NSW General Manager Carolyn Campbell said that the netball community is thrilled to see so many years of planning come to fruition.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for netball in NSW to continue to evolve and it is a vision that will see us through into the future. We are incredibly grateful for the recognition netball has received as the highest female participation sport in the country,” Campbell said.

“This announcement will allow us to continue to develop players, coaches and officials from the grassroots to the elite. It is very exciting. “

There are over 109,000 netballers in NSW taking to local netball courts each weekend.

NSW is also bidding to host the 2015 Netball World Championships and the investment will coincide with the bid.

Ms Keneally said Netball NSW had outgrown its current residence at the Anne Clark Centre in Lidcombe.

“We want Netball NSW to have the resources and facilities it needs to grow the sport,” Ms Keneally said.

“The Netball Centre of Excellence will be able to host a range of coaching and development courses, junior clinics and camps as well as providing a training base for state and national teams.”

The Netball Centre of Excellence is a key part of the NSW Government’s sport policy – an Active NSW.



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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.