Netball Australia receives $6 Millions Boost

Netball Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s $6 million investment in the Sydney 2027 Netball World Cup.Minister for Sport The Hon Anika Wells MP joined Netball Australia CEO Stacey West, Origin Australian Diamonds head coach Stacey Marinkovich and Origin Australian Diamonds Courtney Bruce, Ash Ervin, Cara Koenen and Liz Watson at the Downey Park Netball Association in Brisbane to make the announcement this morning.

The $6 million funding boost will support the planning and delivery of the Sydney 2027 Netball World Cup, which coincides with Netball Australia’s centenary. It will ensure all netball participants are celebrated, with a particular focus on the history of netball and First Nations Peoples.

Minister for Sport The Hon Anika Wells said the Origin Australian Diamonds would defend their World Cup title on home soil for the first time since 2015 with the support of more than one million Australians that play netball.

“The Albanese Government’s $6 million dollar investment will help deliver an exceptional Netball World Cup in 2027, and generate more opportunities for more future Diamonds. Netball has the highest participation numbers for women and girls in Australian sport and their participation drives health, social and economic benefits, as well as the Government’s gender equality agenda.”

“Netball plays a key role in the community, particularly in rural areas and is visible inspiration for young women and girls to live healthier lives. Our $6m funding again shows our commitment to invest in women and girls, building on the $85 million invested for last year’s Women’s Football World Cup, the 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup and the $200m Play Our Way fund for women and girls sporting infrastructure.”

Netball Australia CEO Stacey West thanked the Federal Government for their investment in netball.
“For 97 years, Netball Australia has led the way for women and girls on and off the netball court. This will be a Netball World Cup hosted in Sydney and celebrated around Australia,” West said.
“We thank the Federal Government and Minister Wells for their significant investment in netball. Their support will assist in the planning and delivery of the Sydney 2027 Netball World Cup. With the support of the Federal Government complementing the support already received from the NSW Government via their tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, the organisation for 2027 has well and truly started.”

Origin Australian Diamonds captain Liz Watson welcomed the announcement.
“The 2027 Netball World Cup will be a pivotal moment for our sport both in Australia and internationally,” Watson said. “The Federal Government’s support will help to ensure it is a landmark event for netball in Australia and inspires the next generation of Australian Diamonds.”

The 2027 Netball World Cup is proudly supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.
Netball is Australia’s most popular female team sport and is played by over one million people nationally.

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