Local netball has been promised a $30 millions new sports centre by the NSW State Government on the Marsden High School site at West Ryde. 

NSW Sports Minister Stuart Ayres joined Ryde MP Victor Dominello at Eastwood Ryde Netball Association’s Meadowbank netball courts last Friday to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Education, Office of Sport and ERNA officials. 

Proposal is for a state of the art sporting facility featuring a four indoor courts centre plus 32 outdoor courts and plenty of parking. 

ERNA president Karen Waud and Sponsorship & Grants Co-ordinator Anne Doring OAM sign the MoU at last week’s $30m funding commitment by the NSW Government for a state-of-the-art sporting facility on the old Marsden High School site. They are pictured with Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres, Ryde MP Victor Dominello, Chief Operations Officer Netball NSW/General Manager GIANTS Netball Mike Anderson and Pam Smith, former International Netball Vice President and CEO Netball Australia. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO.

$30 million investment secures Sydney’s future home of netball

A NEW indoor outdoor sporting facility which will cater to one of NSW’s fastest growing sports, netball, is a step closer following a $30 million funding commitment by the NSW Government and a Memorandum of Understandsing signed to secure the project’s future.

The state-of-the-art sporting facility will feature four indoor netball courts and 32 outdoor courts and parking on the site of the former Marsden High School site when it forms part of the future Meadowbank Education Precinct.

Ryde MP Victor Dominello joined Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres at Meadowbank Netball Courts last Friday to announce the MoU between the Department of Education, Office of Sport and the Eastwood Ryde Netball Association.

“More and more families are choosing to call Ryde home and we are investing in the kind of sporting facilities and green space which improve quality of life and keep our communities healthy,” Mr Dominello said.

“The announcement is a big win for local sporting infrastructure enabled by the NSW Government’s expansion of the Marsden High School as part of the State’s first technology focused TAFE campus precinct at Meadowbank.”

Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said NSW Government is focused on delivering grassroots sporting infrastructure and reducing barriers to playing sport.

“Netball is continuing to experience massive growth across the state, with more than 113,000 members at all levels of performance playing in cities, suburbs, and country towns across NSW,” Mr Ayres.

“By investing in grassroots facilities and making sport more affordable for families through initiatives like the Active Kids rebate, we’re setting our young people up for lifelong healthy futures.”

Construction on the sports centre is expected to commence following the relocation of Marsden High School to the new campus in 2021.

Eastwood Ryde Netball Association life member Anne Doring and president Karen Waud were ecstatic with news of the planned state of the art sporting facility.

“The facility would be a tremendous boost to the City of Ryde community and a huge fillip for ERNA who have 4,700 members,” said Anne.

“This is an exciting project and wonderful opportunity for women in sport,” she said.

“The regional indoor facility would predominantly be used for netball but could also be used for other indoor sports.”