It’s been open less than a year, but the State Netball Centre is quickly establishing itself as one of Western Australia’s premier High Performance facilities.
Just this week the $26 million centre has been the training ground of choice for both the Australian Diamonds, and the New Zealand Silver Ferns, ahead of Friday night’s deciding Constellation Cup Test Match at Perth Arena.
As part of their preparation the Diamonds also conducted a clinic, with more than 150 kids meeting their heroes on court as a reward for their participation in the school ambassador program.
Furthermore, a state of the art camera network has been installed in recent days to ensure the West Coast Fever’s High Performance department remains at the forefront of the ANZ Championship competition.
Far from being merely a netball facility though, the centre has displayed its versatility this week, also hosting a round of the Australian Volleyball League, as well as the graduation ceremony for 138 students who’d recently completed the SEDA education program in conjunction with a variety of organisations including Netball WA, the WACA and the Fremantle Dockers.
“The State Government entrusted us with an enormous responsibility at the start of the year when they handed the keys over and we are very proud of the way in which we’ve delivered on their expectations to date,” Netball WA Venue Operations and Programming Manager, Olivia Birkett said.
“Our facility is the envy of every other State Netball body in the country, not to mention a number of other sporting organisation’s here in Western Australia, and we’ve made a conscious effort to engage a variety of stakeholders in its use.”
The State Netball Centre is a VenuesWest facility and was opened in March by West Australian Premier, Colin Barnett.