Netball Victoria and Basketball Victoria partnered today for the Future Facilities Planning Launch – an announcement and formal release of their individual strategy documents. The formal launch took place at Eagle Stadium, Werribee, where the Minister for Sport, The Hon. John Eren MP also responded to the documents release.
Netball Victoria Chief Executive Officer, Rosie King said the detail contained within the Netball Victoria document will help guide government and key stakeholders’ future facility planning.
“Netball Victoria has invested considerable time and resources to the development of our Statewide Facilities Strategy, with the support of Sport & Recreation Victoria. The strategy document addresses the current provision of courts across the state and highlights the opportunities to better support the growing netball community across the state,” said King.
The launch was also well attended by many Local Government Officers, who took the opportunity to discuss the Strategy with Netball Victoria staff.
“The Statewide Facilities Strategy document provides information that will assist organisations and local government to develop business cases for the construction and operational costs associated with facility development,” said King.
“Netball expects to see continued growth in participation numbers in the years ahead, in fact we are projecting our member numbers in Victoria alone to grow by more than 70,000 by 2031 based on population growth rates,” said King.
By 2031 statistics suggest that 189 additional outdoor lit courts or 561 multi-lined indoor courts will be required in Metropolitan Melbourne and 270 outdoor lit courts in Regional Victoria.
“Keeping up with this growth and the changing needs of our community, our Associations, Leagues and Clubs is critical to the ongoing success of our sport, and in-turn the health and wellbeing of our participants. We all know and understand the importance of physical activity and the benefits of playing team sport, and with netball the largest participation sport for woman and girls in the country, it is essential facilities are up to standard,” said King.
“Netball Victoria is proud of the partnerships and working relationships we have developed with Local, State and Federal Governments, as well as other sporting organisations and with the release of our Statewide Facility Strategy we look forward to continuing to work together to plan and advocate for our existing and future members,” said King.
To find out more and view the Statewide Facilities Strategy visit our website today.