FOXTEL AND AUSTRALIAN NETBALL GREAT LAUNCH ACADEMY

Netball Australia sponsor Foxtel has teamed up with netball icon Liz Ellis to launch an exciting new initiative – the Foxtel All-Stars Liz Ellis Academy.

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The Foxtel All-Star Liz Ellis Academy will give 500 netballers around the country aged 12–16 the chance to participate in free, one-day clinics led by Academy ambassador Ellis and her team of expert coaches.

“I’m delighted to partner with Foxtel for this exciting grassroots initiative giving budding young Australian netballers the chance to learn valuable new skills while growing their love of the game,” Ellis said.

“My passion and dedication to the sport has opened up some incredible opportunities for me. I look forward to sharing my experiences with a new generation of netballers and encouraging more kids to get out on the courts playing sport.”

The academies are scheduled for Perth (8 September), Sydney (23 September), Brisbane (26 September), Adelaide (2 October) and Melbourne (6 October). The Adelaide and Melbourne academies coincide with the Diamonds’ international Test matches against the New Zealand Silver Ferns.

Foxtel’s new netball program aims to provide an inspiring netball experience for young players and the opportunity to pursue their ambitions in Australia’s largest female participation sport.

Participants will be chosen by Ellis to join the academies after visiting www.foxtelallstars.com.au where they’ll be asked to share stories of their passion for netball.

Ellis is the most capped Australian player of all-time, playing 122 Tests and captaining the Diamonds for four years.

She was part of three triumphant World Championship teams – 1995, 1999 and 2007 – as well as winning gold at the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Foxtel is the home of netball in Australia and will broadcast all seven of Australia’s upcoming Test matches on FOX SPORTS 3 (Channel 503) against New Zealand and Malawi, starting on September 15.

Foxtel is proud to be a supporting partner of grassroots netball, the Australian Diamonds, and the world’s best netball league, the ANZ Championship.

The Test matches in Australia will be played at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Friday 4 October, Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena (Monday 7 October), Canberra (Sunday 13 October), Wollongong (Wednesday 16 October) and the Gold Coast Convention & Entertainment Centre (Saturday 19 October).

Tickets for all Tests, including the Canberra Live Site, are now on sale atwww.ticketek.com.au