Netball Australia CEO, Kate Palmer said this additional funding by the Australian Government was a significant boost to the sport’s future development.
“This funding will give every Australian child an opportunity to participate in netball,” Ms Palmer said. “This funding injection comes at a time when Netball Australia and the five states competing in the ANZ Championship are preparing for one of the most critical stages of our development.”
Deputy Leader of the Government in Senate, Senator Helen Coonan, and Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator George Brandis SC announced the funding for netball at the State Netball Hockey Centre in Melbourne today.
“In 2007–08 the Australian Government will provide $1 million for the new ANZ Championship competition, $1.2 million over three years from 2007–08 for the Net Set Go! junior participation program, and $200,000 in 2007–08 to establish a national Indigenous netball strategy,” Senator Brandis said.
Australian Captain, Liz Ellis welcomed the funding announcement on the eve of Australia’s World Championship campaign.
“This funding boost from the Australian Government is tremendous news for all players as we prepare for an exciting phase in the sport’s development with the World Championship looming and the ANZ Championship starting next year,” Ellis said.
The ANZ Championship will commence in 2008, featuring five teams from both Australia and New Zealand. $100,000 will be provided to the five teams based in NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia to help them to establish their teams. In addition, Netball Australia will receive seed funding of $500,000 for the initial establishment of the ANZ Championship competition.