The Northern Football Netball League and Collingwood are pleased to announce a new community partnership aimed at developing netball throughout the Northern region.
The two organisations will work closely together to provide greater opportunities for community-level netball participants and to deliver programs and mentoring to ensure industry-developed skills are maintained within the sport at all levels.
The partnership was officially announced at La Trobe Sports Stadium on Tuesday, with Collingwood players Sophie Garbin and Gabrielle Sinclair in attendance.
Under the agreement, netball participants in the Northern region will have greater access to Collingwood netballers via appearances at NetSetGo clinics, holiday programs and at junior and senior clubs within the NFNL.
NFNL netball participants will be offered exclusive Collingwood match-day experience opportunities, with the Magpies to also assist the NFNL as one of the major partners of the league’s representative netball teams.
NFNL Chief Executive Officer Peter McDougall said the partnership would have great benefits for netball participants within the NFNL and wider region.
“The NFNL is extremely pleased to establish a close connection with Collingwood,” McDougall said.
“The partnership demonstrates the league’s commitment to developing netball in the Northern region by increasing participation opportunities and by providing participants access to elite programs and players.
“We look forward to collaborating with Collingwood to continue to grow netball in the Northern region throughout 2022 and beyond.”
Collingwood’s General Manager of Stadia and Community, David Emerson said the partnership provides a great opportunity for athletes to connect with the community.
“Collingwood is thrilled to announce its new partnership with the Northern Football Netball League,” Emerson said.
“The partnership provides a great opportunity for our players to come together with the community through a shared passion and love for the game of netball. Due to the lack of physical interaction during the pandemic, the partnership comes at an exciting time when our players and the community can again come together face-to-face.
“By providing NFNL participants with access to our athletes, we hope it will not only help young netballers develop their skills on court, but that they will also be able to gain a greater understanding of what an elite sporting environment looks like.”