Hosting an international netball test in Canberra is now a possibility following the announcement this week of a major re-vamp of the ACT Netball Centre in Lyneham.
Netball ACT will receive an injection of $3 million towards the redevelopment of their facility from the ACT Government.
It’s a move welcomed by Netball Australia.
“Netball Australia now has an opportunity, in partnership with Netball ACT, to bring international Test matches and the best players in the world to netball fans in ACT,” Netball Australia CEO, Kate Palmer said.
Three international standard courts will be built which can be converted into a 3,000 seat show court, along with an international broadcast centre, player’s recovery centre, revamped offices, a members’ crèche and increased car parking facilities.
Netball Australia acknowledges the significant contribution from the ACT Government to ensure that Canberra has a world-class netball facility in keeping with other major cities.
“This development is a welcome addition to our national network of international-standard netball facilities that ensures Australia remains a world-leader in delivering netball events and offers players world-class playing conditions,” Palmer said.
Netball ACT General Manager, Noel Harrod said the exciting redevelopment would enable ACT to bid to stage major events.
“It’s a significant step in our long-term vision to host international matches and major events here and it will also provide a world-class competition venue to assist in developing the potential of local players,” he said.
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