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Labor’s $20 million Netball boost

November 12, 2018

Like so many locals, Emma McBride grew up playing netball at Baker Park in Wyong. She is now the proud patron of the Wyong District Netball Association (WDNA) and Central Coast Heart Premier League Netball, who took out the Netball NSW Premier League Open competition this year. She even plays in the Federal Parliamentary Netball Team when Parliament sits in Canberra.

“It is fair to say that like over 6,000 other people on the Central Coast I love playing netball and know how positive team sport can be in people’s lives,” Emma McBride said.

“That’s why I am so thrilled to be part of the Labor team that is delivering for Australian netball.”

At the Fast5 Netball World Series in Melbourne, Bill Shorten announced that a Labor Government would invest $20 million over two years to Netball Australia.

This is the biggest investment ever in Australian netball by a federal government, and will help fund a range of Netball Australia’s grassroots participation and engagement programs, and ensure a strong future for netball in Australia.

The rise of elite female sport is a great thing, but unlike cricket and footy, netball doesn’t have the revenue generated by their elite male competitions to rely on. That means netball isn’t competing on a level playing field for television coverage and sponsorship.

This $20m investment will:

  • Support expansion of grassroots netball programs;
  • Ensure that Netball Australia can keep up with the growth of elite women’s sport such as footy and cricket;
  • Support a Netball Australia bid for the 2027 World Cup.

“Having been part of the netball community for as long as I can remember on the Central Coast I can’t wait to see how this funding boosts the game and gets more girls out there playing, making friends and pushing on to the highest level,” Emma McBride said.

“To see the Netball World Cup here in 2027 would also be a huge boon for our game and I urge all my fellow netball lovers to get behind this push and keep up their fantastic support for the game.”

Chris Miles, Secretary of Wyong District Netball Association, says Labor’s support for netball is important.

“I welcome this announcement , in particular the boost to grass roots netball,” Chris Miles said.

“This is great news for netball on the Central Coast.”

The Central Coast has three strong netball associations, Wyong District Netball Association, Gosford Netball Association and Woy Woy Peninsula Netball Association, as well as an excellent program at the Central Coast Academy of Sport and our own Premier League winning club the Central Coast Heart.  

12 NOVEMBER 2018