Net­ball plans for the fu­ture

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By SO­PHIE GABRIELLE

NET­BALL WA has signed off on a first-of-its-kind Net­ball Strate­gic Fa­cil­i­ties Plan.

Un­der­taken by WA Depart­ment of Sport and Recre­ation con­trac­tors, the plan pro­vides a blue­print for fa­cil­i­ties now and in the fu­ture as well as par­tic­i­pa­tion in net­ball across the State.

The re­port in­cludes an over­view of where re­sources are needed in the fu­ture.

Net­ball WA pres­i­dent Deane Pi­eters said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had a “bold vi­sion” to have more than 2000 par­tic­i­pants by 2018.

“I’ve got to say, we are ac­tu­ally well on track to achiev­ing that,” Mr Pi­eters said.

“This re­port al­lows us to build ca­pac­ity and have a clear un­der­stand­ing of where we need to fo­cus our re­sources.

“It is es­sen­tially the blue­print for not only short to medium term but also cer­tainly our long-term vi­sion, which will be be­yond our strate­gic plan in 2018.”

Mr Pi­eters said the rec­om­men­da­tions from the strate­gic fa­cil­i­ties plan would be in­cor­po­rated into the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s strate­gic plan when they re­viewed it at the end of next year.

“This is the first re­port of this kind that has been com­mis­sioned,” he said.

“One of our strate­gic pri­or­i­ties is that all our re­gions and as­so­ci­a­tions are re­sourced prop­erly to build ca­pac­ity.

“Net­ball is a big sport, we are the lead­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion sport and we need to fu­ture proof our sport.”

Perth Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Elaine Clu­cas said par­tic­i­pa­tion num­bers con­tin­ued to grow but the as­so­ci­a­tion was lim­ited by in­fra­struc­ture.

“We know at PNA that our com­pe­ti­tion could grow im­mensely if we had more fa­cil­i­ties and more in­fra­struc­ture,” Ms Clu­cas said.

“But we have a state-of-the-art net­ball cen­tre, we have the best al­ready whereas other cen­tres in the coun­try and in re­gional ar­eas don’t have those.

“So its good to make sure ev­ery­body across the board has the same ca­pac­ity to play the best they can and ex­pand.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d444155

Mayor Si­mon Withers, Deane Pi­eters (Net­ball WA Pres­i­dent), Elaine Clucsa (Pres­i­dent Perth Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion) and Rob Did­coe (Depart­ment of Sport and Recre­ation).

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