Netball World Cup to inspire more kids in sport

Minister for Sport Sussan Ley has welcomed the international netball community to Australia for the 2015 World Cup.

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7 August 2015

Minister for Sport Sussan Ley today welcomed the international netball community to Australia for the 2015 World Cup.

Ms Ley said the Abbott Government had invested $3 million to host the 16 nations competing in the 2015 Netball World Cup at Sydney Olympic Park from 7 to 16 August.

“As we saw with the Asian Cup and ICC Cricket World Cup earlier this year, Australia is a world class host of major sporting events and the success of the Netball World Cup will no doubt further strengthen our proud reputation,” Ms Ley said.

“I’m certainly excited to see our national netball team, the Diamonds, take to the court tonight as they embark on the defence of their world crown.

“I warmly welcome the teams to Australia and wish all competitors the very best for the tournament.

“In particular I send my very best wishes to Lisa Alexander and Laura Geitz in leading Australia on home soil and continuing the Diamonds recent success.”

Ms Ley said the Government had also invested $3 million towards one of the two host venues, Netball Central, and provided more than $2 million this year to support high performance in netball through the AIS.

Ms Ley said the Netball World Cup also supported the development of participation in junior sport and hoped it would inspire Australian children to be active and lead a fit and healthy lifestyle.

“One of the benefits of hosting such a prestigious international competition like the World Cup is that it inspires children to get involved in netball, which helps develop their motor skills, teamwork, general health and well-being,” Ms Ley said.

“During the Netball World Cup, we’ll be encouraging kids to get involved in our new $100 million Sporting Schools programme, which aims to boost participation in sport.

“Sporting Schools gives primary schools across the country access to accredited coaches and programmes, with the aim of creating healthy habits that last a lifetime.”

To support the engagement in netball and the World Cup, a world record attempt will be held on August 10 at Sydney Olympic Park to create the World’s Biggest Netball Clinic which will include more than 600 school kids from 40 schools.

More information on the Sporting Schools programme is available at the Sporting Schools website.

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Minister Ley’s Media Contact: James Murphy – 0478 333 974

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