Netballers from academies around NSW have the opportunity to come together to play high quality netball this month thanks to support from The Greater Building Society.
The netballers are from 24 teams that will be competing in the Greater Building Society Netball Championships, part of the nib Festival of Sport organised by the Hunter Academy of Sport. The Greater is sponsoring the netball competition for the first time.
Two Hunter Academy of Sport teams will take on academy teams from the Central Coast, North Coast, Sydney, New England, Illawarra, Riverina and Western and Far Western NSW. Each member of the winning team will be given a $50 Greater Building Society Life Saver youth banking account.
The Greater’s Greenhills branch manager Carolin Mackaway said the Greater was pleased to be able to help bring some of the Festival’s sporting action and benefits to Maitland and the Hunter. Ms Mackaway said the competition will allow Maitland and Hunter people to witness some high class netball. She said it will also boost the local economy with visiting athletes and their families spending time in the region.
Hunter Academy of Sport CEO Brett O’Farrell estimates the competition will inject more than $275,000 into the Maitland tourism and hospitality sector. (2,000 bed days at the tourism industry agreed value of $139 per bed day.) Mr O’Farrell said 300 coaches and athletes were being accommodated in Maitland hotels and motels for four days. He said family members and other spectators will also likely stay in Maitland.
The two Hunter teams are made up from the 2015 Hunter Academy of Sport Netball Program squad, which The Greater also sponsors.
Ms Mackaway said supporting the Festival of Sport competition and the Hunter Academy of Sport program was part of The Greater’s broader support for Australia’s most popular women’s sport. It is funding more than a dozen netball associations across regional NSW to help them to give women and girls the opportunity to play netball on the weekend.
“The Greater is investing in grass roots netball and this event because it benefits the community and local people,” Ms Mackaway said.
“Netball is played by so many local women and girls but it doesn’t get the same attention or funding as other sports,” she said.
“I encourage people to come and enjoy the Festival of Sport and the Greater Netball Competition.”
The Festival of Sport runs from June 27 to July 11. For more information click here.