SENATOR THE HON BRIDGET MCKENZIE
Deputy Leader of The Nationals
Minister for Rural Health
Minister for Sport
Minister for Regional Communications
Senator for Victoria
CHRIS CREWTHER MP
Federal Member for Dunkley
The Federal Coalition is shooting goals in Melbourne’s south-east, with a major funding boost for the Frankston District Netball Association.
Federal Sport Minister, Senator Bridget McKenzie, and Member for Dunkley, Chris Crewther MP, have today delivered a $350,000 funding boost for the association, to assist the growth of the sport in the area from grassroots to elite participation.
A total of $190,000 has been allocated to the Peninsula Waves Elite Sports Program, to help athletes, coaches, umpires and administrators achieve success, as well as to strengthen the sport of netball locally.
A further $160,000 has been allocated for a masterplan and infrastructure improvements to the association’s headquarters at Jubilee Park, benefiting multiple users.
Mr Crewther said the Elite Sports Program would fund coach and athlete ambassadors to lead a school engagement program in the Frankston area, which will include holiday clinics and high performance camps.
“This is a one-of-a-kind program that will have a huge impact on grassroots netball,” Mr Crewther said.
“It will also establish a junior coach leadership program to ensure coaches are correctly trained and accredited.”
“New coaches and umpires will also be recruited through the establishment of dedicated coaching and umpiring clinics.
“There will also be funding for coach, umpire and athlete scholarships under the Program to assist identified participants to reach their potential.”
Minister McKenzie said the Elite Sports Program is aimed at providing meaningful support for netballers to reach their full potential.
“This Program is about starting at the grassroots community level and continuing through every level a player, coach, umpire, official or administrator reaches,” Senator McKenzie said.
“The Coalition is proud to invest in programs that provide such deep support to a sport like netball, which is played by some 665,000 people in Australia.
“In this area alone, more than 4,000 people play netball across the 12 member clubs in the Frankston District Netball Association and I’m sure each of those players aspires to play for the Peninsula Waves in the Victorian Netball League.
“Having programs like this and improving facilities highlight the value of sport to a community like Dunkley.”
Club Administrator for Peninsula Waves and Marketing Manager for Frankston District Netball Association, Trish McLachlan, said that the players and management were looking forward to the Program’s commencement.
“This exceptional high performance program will be delivered to aspiring athletes through initiatives including school engagement programs, clinics, high performance camps, junior leadership and coach programs, targeted coach and umpire development workshops and talented athlete scholarships,” Ms McLachlan said.
“This is a truly unique and transformational program that will challenge, extend and shape lives for girls, women, mothers, daughters and sisters in our community.
“We are incredibly excited about continuing to strengthen the sport of netball and the positive impact this unique program will have across our region.”