Happy Birthday to us!
Today, Tuesday 1 December, marks the first anniversary since Netball NSW’s $35 million centre of excellence, Netball Central, opened its doors for business… and what a remarkable 12 months it has been!
While officially opening its doors on Friday 6 February, 2015, Netball NSW moved into the purpose-built netball facility on Monday 1 December, 2014, and the centre has been a hive of activity ever since.
From DOOLEYS State League to Court Craft Night Interdistrict, Netball NSW Schools Cup and Inter-Regional State League; a number of netball competitions have made their debuts under the bright lights of our new home.
The NSW Swifts began their 2015 season with a brand new elite change room and state-of-the-art facilities at Netball Central by training week-in, week-out on the centre’s Show Court and having easy access to our home venue, the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre.
The Swifts were able to proudly welcome their competition when Netball NSW played host to the 2015 ANZ Championship Official Pre-Season Summer Shootout in February, marking the first major tournament to be held at the centre.
Netball NSW also hosted Australia’s best young netball talent in April when Netball Central held the 2015 17/U and 19/U National Netball Championships, which saw our own 19/U State Team crowned Champions and 17/U Team finish Runners-Up.
But of course the pinnacle event to which Netball Central played host was as the Secondary Competition Venue for the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015. The purpose-built netball facility was the official training venue for all 16 participating teams, whilst also hosting pool matches and play-off & placings games.
“It’s been an incredibly busy yet exciting twelve months for Netball NSW as we acclimatise to our new surroundings in Sydney Olympic Park – from opening our doors and hosting the best underage talent from around Australia, to welcoming the world’s best netballers contesting the Netball World Cup, our inaugural year has been jam-packed,” Netball NSW CEO Carolyn Campbell said.
“Whilst we will be forever grateful to our long-serving headquarters at the Anne Clark Centre, Netball Central has helped launch us into the next chapter of our history. This building symbolises netball’s evolution and strong position in NSW’s sporting environment.
“Not only is Netball Central a leading netball facility, it’s versatility lends itself perfectly to hosting a wide range of functions and events for community, corporate or sporting organisations. We’ve seen amazing interest from third parties utilising Netball Central’s space, and excited to see that its popularity looks to continue in 2016,” Campbell concluded.
Whilst netball will play a major role within its walls, Netball Central has also hosted a range of other competitions and events throughout its inaugural year; the Sydney International Badminton tournament, various Martial Arts competitions, the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) Graduation, School Spectacular rehearsals, as well as Cheerleading competitions.
The Huddle Café has become a favourite to visitors and Netball Central neighbours at Sydney Olympic Park since opening earlier this year, and soon we will also welcome the Centre for Sports Medicine in the coming months.