With the launch of the new Suncorp Super Netball league, this is an exciting time for netball, which continues to have the highest participation by girls and women of any team sport in Australia. Because of the wonderful work of participants, coaches and volunteers throughout the State, our game in Victoria is continuing to rapidly grow, providing more opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to benefit from the sport.
Netball Victoria has also been working closely with the Victorian Government to advance the objectives of Changing the Game, an initiative of the Minister for Health and VicHealth, which seeks to increase female participation and leadership in sport. Our key role in developing and implementing this initiative reflects the Andrews Government’s strong ongoing support for our sport and promotes the Premier’s vision for gender equity in Victoria.
However, Victorian netball is lagging other states through the inadequacy of our current State Netball Hockey Centre in Parkville, which has been home to Victorian netball and hockey for over 15 years, with our game a tenant of Royal Park since 1938.
Catering to over 5,000 Netballers and 1,000 Hockey players from across the state each week, the facility has served the community well, but is now beyond capacity, aged and in desperate need of renewal and expansion. There has been no significant investment in the Centre since its construction. As the leading team sport for women and girls in Victoria, netball requires a State Centre of appropriate quality and scale.
Netball Victoria and Hockey Victoria are currently working together with the Victorian Government toward securing funding for the Centre’s redevelopment. We have a strong joint plan, but the direct support of our communities is critical to the success of this project.
I have outlined on the following page the key reasons why the redevelopment is urgently required.
What can you do to help?
We can’t wait any longer! The time for action is now. Please help us to advocate for achieve funding for this vital project by:
- Your local State member of Parliament.
- Minister for Sport, The Hon. John Eren MP (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Premier of Victoria, The Hon. Daniel Andrews MP (email@example.com).
It would be most appreciated if your contact with Government representatives could take place as soon as possible, preferably within the next two weeks. Please keep your letters/e-mails brief but do include the key reasons, including any of those noted on the following page, that you feel a redeveloped State Centre is critical to our game’s future.
Expressing your support via social media
- Twitter – please include one or two of the following hashtags: #WhereChampionsAreMade #HomeOfWomensSport #NewStateCentre
Melbourne Vixens Fan Day details
- State Netball Hockey Centre, Sunday 5 February. Free entry.
- This includes a pre-season tournament at 12.00 pm followed by fun activities, giveaways and a chance to meet the players and coaches from 2.00 to 4.00 pm.
Thank you in advance for your support.
CEO – Netball Victoria
STATE NETBALL HOCKEY CENTRE REDEVELOPMENT
Why is the redevelopment needed now?
- The current facility is unable to meet the rapidly growing demands of both weekly competition and Regional, State and National events at all levels. For example, we were compelled to stage our State Titles at an alternate venue in 2016 due to the deficiencies of the State Centre.
- NV is committed to expanding the range of programs offered from the State Centre to enable more participants to benefit from our sport. This includes coaching clinics, tournaments and camps for participants from throughout Victoria. This is not possible at the current facility.
- Victorian hockey has over 83,000 participants at club and school program level, with near equal numbers of men and women playing and administrating the game. Melbourne has the greatest participation numbers by far of any Australian capital city.
- Of the 400,000 people that currently use the SNHC every year, 80% are women. The facility will help achieve the Changing the Game objectives by enabling growth in girl’s and women’s participation and leadership.
A redeveloped State Netball Hockey Centre will:
- Resolve urgent facility capacity and quality problems at the existing SNHC that are frustrating the growth and aspirations of both sports and their participants.
- Address the lack of inner city netball courts (currently identified by the NV state-wide Facility strategy as an 18-court deficit), by 2031.
- Redress the unbalanced investment in male and female sports facilities which is exacerbating gender inequality in sport (nearly 70% of investment in Victorian facilities over the past twenty years has been directed to male sports).
- Reduce talent drain from netball and hockey to other professional sports, particularly for girls and women.
- Enable Victoria to maintain its position as Australia’s premier sporting state by matching the levels of investment by other States in netball and hockey facilities.
- Provide additional participation opportunities and support new participation models, with a focus on women and girls of all backgrounds.
- Support government’s desired outcomes by delivering programs to promote social change and to combat significant issues in the community such as gender equity, social exclusion and domestic violence.