AUSTRALIAN NETBALL WELCOMES COMMITMENT FROM COALITION

Netball Australia welcomes the Coalition’s pledge of $6 million towards the legacy of the 2015 Netball World Cup in Sydney and the completion of Netball NSW’s centre of excellence, if elected.

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The commitment will provide $3 million to Netball Australia to assist in preparation, delivery and participation legacy of the World Cup and $3 million to complete the state-of-the-art Netball Central complex at Sydney Olympic Park.

The funding will ensure the continuing sustainability, growth and maturity of netball in the lead up to the World Cup and ensure a post event legacy for Australia’s number one female team participation sport.

“We welcome the Coalition’s commitment to the future of Australian netball,” Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer said.

“The Netball World Cup will provide Australian netball with the opportunity to showcase the talents, athleticism and teamwork of netball – Australia’s number one sport for women and girls – on the international stage.”

Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Tony Abbott, joined by Australian Diamonds Bianca Chatfield and Sharni Layton and former captain Liz Ellis, made the announcement on Thursday morning at Homebush, site of the 2015 Netball World Cup.

“Netball is a quiet leader of Australian sport,” Mr. Abbott said.

“It contributes to the sporting and social fabric of almost every community in the country. It’s a sport that strengthens communities, teaches teamwork and contributes to the health and confidence of its participants.”

The 2015 Netball World Cup will be staged at Sydney Olympic Park, with games to be played at Allphones Arena, from 9 – 16 August 2015