The Honourable Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Sport & Recreation and Police & Emergency Services, officially opened Netball Central 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, 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.
Mr Ayres described Netball Central as “the heart of netball here in New South Wales, setting a new standard right across all sports.”
“This is a sport that has shown the way in community engagement, in talented player pathways, and in grassroots sport,” Mr Ayres said.
“It is the largest female participation sport that we have and [netball] does an absolutely outstanding job in creating opportunities for young women to be healthy and active. One of the things about [Netball Central] is that it does work from grassroots right through to those elite levels.
“It’s a large investment… but what we see day in, day out across netball courts in NSW, there is no doubt that netball has earned the right to have a centre of excellence, there’s no doubt that this facility is the best possible facility that we could deliver for a fantastic sport, and I’m happy to declare it open,” Ayres concluded.
The new facility in Sydney Olympic Park will host all 10 ANZ Championship teams for the League’s Official Pre-Season Summer Shootout, commencing today from 5pm and concluding on Sunday 8 February.
The world’s best purpose-built netball facility will host a variety of Netball NSW competitions and events, as well as act as secondary venue for the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 in August.
A decade in the making, the finished product far exceeds Netball NSW’s original vision of its own centre of excellence; helping to deliver world class facilities for the netball community.
Announced on Sunday 27 February 2011, the NSW State Government invested $27 million towards the construction of the new building, 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.
Meet the NSW Swifts THIS SUNDAY at the Club’s Family Fun Day!
This FREE EVENT is open to all supporters, with the fun starting from 11am in and around Netball Central and Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre (SOPSC).
There will be something for everyone in the family, including meeting your favourite NSW Swifts before they take the court against the defending Champions, Melbourne Vixens, from 2pm at SOPSC with FREE ENTRY for everyone!
For a full list of activities, plus more useful information, visit the NSW Swifts Family Fun Day page.
See you at the NSW Swifts Family Fun Day for a day that will be Beyond Expectation.
Netball Central 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.