A re-elected Labor government will commit $2.8 million over four years to employ game development officers at netball hubs across the state. The officers will provide support to volunteers running grassroots competitions and help increase participation in their area.
The investment is in addition to $28 million infrastructure investment committed to netball in the pre-election period.
Netball Victoria CEO Rosie King welcomed the funding commitment and said that it would have significant impact at all levels from entry to elite.
“Netball is at the heart of communities right across our state and this will help ensure that girls and women enjoy the opportunities to flourish through sport and leadership development that they so richly deserve.
“This is not just about the future of netball, it is about her future. Netball has always been the number one sport for girls and women. This will provide vital new capacity for participants to enjoy the game and fulfill their potential.
“It will build upon the investment in the redevelopment of the State Netball Hockey Centre in Parkville and strengthen our pathways throughout Victoria,” King said.
In 2017, 13.3 percent of girls aged under 15 years of age were reported to participate in netball out of school hours, making it the most popular team sport for this group.
Netball is also the most popular of any individual or team sport for girls aged 12-14, with 30.6 per cent participating.
Labor has also affirmed its commitment to funding local sporting facility projects with a particular focus on netball including:
- Murphy’s Reserve, Port Melbourne – $2 million
- Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve, Carrum Downs – $350,000
- Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre, Greensborough – $8 million
- Jubilee Park, Frankston – $10 million
- Macedon Ranges Sports Precinct indoor sports courts phase, New Gisborne – $6 million
- Waverley Netball Centre, Wheelers Hill – $2 million