Netball Victoria today announced that the successful bid to obtain the tenth and final licence in the Victorian Netball League was from the newly formed Ballarat Sovereigns.
For the first time in Ballarat netball history, all Associations in the Central Highlands, AFL Goldfields and Ballarat region as well as the Ballarat Netball Association and Wendouree Netball Association will come together and be actively involved in the Sovereigns VNL program.
The newly created Sovereigns will have specialist coaches in Natasha Chokljat, Liz Boniello and Elissa Kent, as well as a detailed off-court performance program designed to help athletes, coaches and umpires move into Netball Victoria high performance programs and create a successful on and off court culture for the new club.
The VNL competition was established in 2009 as a result of the restructured National League and the forming of the Trans-Tasman Netball League. The competition is currently made up of 10 clubs with three teams involved in Championship, Division 1, and 19 and Under divisions.
Netball Victoria General Manager Netball Operations Michelle Gerdtz noted that the strength of the proposal put forward by the Sovereigns and the new integrated and targeted approach to off-court practices would be extremely beneficial for the growing Ballarat netball community.
“The proposal put forward by the Ballarat Sovereigns is extremely detailed and addresses all of the requirements that Netball Victoria sees as critical for success of a VNL Club and the league itself,” Ms Gerdtz said.
“The Ballarat Sovereigns personnel are committed to making their netball community a strong regional centre and with this proposal, we believe they are taking the right steps to move forward, continue to grow our sport and create strong opportunities for people within the region.”
“We have in the VNL, one of the strongest netball competitions in Australia and we are continually looking to provide our athletes, coaches, umpires and officials with the best pathway development possible.”