Top quality facilities, that’s our policy

GV3W7846Making sure Australia’s next generation of netballers have quality facilities to play on is paramount to ensuring the sport continues to grow.

Be it safe courts, quality changerooms or comfortable clubrooms, providing top-class facilities ensures everyone involved in netball from the community level right through to the elite enjoys their experience.

Netball Australia has launched its National Facilities Policy, a project formed part of the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 legacy program to ensure that netball has facilities in place to support the expected growth in participation.

Netball Australia’s Head of Community Strategy and Netball Development Anne-Marie Phippard said the National Facilities Policy has been developed in consultation with key stakeholders including Member Organisations along with Associations, Leagues and Clubs as well as local and State Governments.

“Facilities play a vital role in the vibrancy of community sport,” Phippard said.

“Providing access to high-quality facilities that meet the needs and demands of netball is a critical component of growing and sustaining participation; as well as supporting the sustainability of associations, leagues and clubs.

“Netball Australia developed this overarching policy to assist stakeholders in the planning and development of community netball facilities, ensuring the netballers of today and tomorrow can enjoy this great sport into the future.”

The key objectives of the policy are to:

  • Support participation growth and sustainability;
  • Provide key stakeholders with guidance in facility planning and development;
  • Provide a technical manual that can be applied nationally;
  • Improve the overall consistency, quality and accessibility of netball facilities.

“The Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 is expected to leave a lasting impression on young netballers across Australia and ensuring the sport is well positioned to capitalise on the expected growth in participation numbers is a key priority for Netball Australia,” Phippard said.

The Netball World Cup Legacy Program is being delivered thanks to Australian Federal Government and NSW State Government contributions.