Premier Colin Barnett and Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies have officially opened the new $26 million State Netball Centre - a dedicated home for netball in Western Australia.
- $26 million State Netball Centre officially opens
- New home for netball will support community and elite netball
- One of many new or improved sports facilities built by the State Government
“Netball is the largest female participation sport in the State, so it is fitting that it now has its own state-of-the-art facility,” Mr Barnett said.
“It’s estimated more than 2,500 netball matches will be played at the centre in its first year, with more than 50,000 players plus spectators expected across the games.”
The State Netball Centre - based at the Matthews Netball Centre in Jolimont - will host the West Australian Netball League (WANL) competition, West Coast Fever training, development squads and community netball activities.
“The State Government is committed to providing the best facilities for Western Australian athletes and spectators, and this centre is a great example of this commitment,” the Premier said.
The centre features:
- four indoor netball courts
- spectator seating for 1,050 people
- nine competitor change room facilities, including one dedicated for West Coast Fever
- kiosk facility
- office space for Netball WA and West Coast Fever
- universally accessible amenities
- injury prevention and rehabilitation room
- program room (multi-purpose room for workshops, presentations, etc)
- multi-sport capacity - line marking for volleyball and badminton courts.
Ms Davies said the Government also made a significant contribution to the new Perth Netball Association building and courts at Matthews Netball Centre.
“We’ve created a netball precinct that will see grassroots games played alongside the elite and all levels in between,” she said.
“West Coast Fever will train here and the WANL will play their games here, so a lot of young players - and hopefully our future stars - will get to show off their skills on these courts.”
Ms Davies said the Government supported netballers across WA in many ways. This included helping junior netballers pay their club fees through KidSport and providing travel scholarships for country netballers and new equipment grants for local clubs.
The Premier said with the opening of the State Netball Centre, another piece of the State Facilities Plan was complete.
“The Government has done a great deal to improve sports facilities in WA, including the Barbagallo Raceway upgrade and nib Stadium redevelopment, as well as the soon-to-open Western Australian Institute of Sport High Performance Service Centre and the new Perth Stadium, currently under construction,” he said.
- Netball has one of the highest participation rates of any sport with 130,000 players
- There are 1,277 registered netball clubs in WA and almost 1,000 senior teams
- More than 6,000 junior netballers have received help in paying their fees through the KidSport program
- The State Netball Centre is co-managed by VenuesWest
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