Netball Victoria today announced that after a review by the Netball Victoria Board and operational staff; the Victorian Flames will not compete in the 2015 Australian National League season.
The Flames program was trialled for two years as an extended development program for athletes and coaches in the underpinning competition to the ANZ Championship.
Netball Victoria CEO Michelle Plane noted the review of the High Performance program (and second ANL team) had uncovered some gaps, particularly in the areas of coaching and umpiring development.
“Netball Victoria is constantly reviewing its priority areas of investment across all areas of the High Performance program. This review highlighted the need to shift focus towards the development of our future Melbourne Vixens and Australian Diamonds coaches and international standard umpires.”
“We feel that our State Team, Zone Academy, Victorian Fury and Netball Victoria Talent Squad programs will ensure our athletes continue to develop to the best of their ability.”
Netball Victoria President Jenny Sanchez thanked all who had contributed to the Victorian Flames program over the last two years.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of our netball community involved with Flames for their valued contribution to this program, we look forward to continuing to work with them in the Netball Victoria pathway,” Ms Sanchez said.