Netball Australia has joined several other major sports to announce a long-term recovery plan for the rebuild of sporting facilities in bushfire-affected communities.
Under the plan, coordinated by the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMPPS), organisations will work together with government and stakeholders to create a national infrastructure fund, pool economic support, raise funds and improve facilities destroyed or damaged by fires.
Netball Australia CEO Marne Fechner is delighted that the nation’s major sports have come together to help sporting communities across Australia get back on their feet.
“At the heart of every community that has been affected by these devastating bushfires is a netball club, footy ground or tennis court whose members have lost something,” she said.
“Netball plays such a key role in inspiring empowering woman and girls right across Australia, ingrained in so many communities, so it’s important we’re doing all that we can to help return all affected netball facilities back to normal.
“By joining forces, the organisations within COMPPS will be able to have a significant impact on bushfire recovery and ensure the assistance provided will have a meaningful and lasting impact."
As part of its plans, Netball Australia has already announced that the Australia Diamonds will take on the Suncorp Super Netball All-Stars in a bushfire relief charity match at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney on Sunday 1 March. The teams for this match will be announced tomorrow, along with ticket and broadcast information.
COMMPS is made up of seven organisations: Netball Australia, Rugby Australia, Cricket Australia, Football Federation Australia, Australian Football League, National Rugby League and Tennis Australia.