Swifts welcome funding boost for training centre

The NSW Swifts and Netball NSW have welcomed a $15 million funding injection from the Australian Government for a new high performance home for the club in Sydney’s Moore Park.

The investment provides key funding required for the $55 million headquarters and community centre, which will be shared by the Sydney Swans and NSW Swifts and transform the iconic Royal Hall of Industries.

As well as providing world-class facilities for the NSW Swifts, it will also pave the way for the Swans’ entry into the AFLW competition.

The Swifts and Swans will also expand their school and outreach programs at the new centre, taking health and wellbeing education to more than 5,000 children annually.

“We recognise that the success of our elite women’s sporting teams has an enormous impact on young Australians, inspiring them to get active, have fun and participate in sport – that’s why this investment is so important,” a Government release said.

“The development will also include an international standard netball court, which will be available for use by senior teams, junior development programs and open community access.”

The new centre will also provide state of the art facility access for community, cultural and charity organisations.

The GO Foundation, which creates opportunities for Indigenous youth through education, and Clontarf Foundation, which assists in the education and employment of Indigenous youth, will co-tenant for free.

The Red Cross Blood Bank will also move-in, creating the Eastern Suburbs only permanent blood bank, which is expected to deliver up to 20,000 donations a year.