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Greater support for Hunter netballers

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Netballers throughout the region have received a financial boost on the eve of their respective seasons.

Newcastle, Charlestown, Lakeside, Westlakes, Callaghan and District, Singleton, Muswellbrook and Scone and District associations will all benefit from the latest partnership with Greater Bank.

The sponsorship windfall is expected to assist thousands of members of all ages.

Members of the Singleton Netball Association at Rose Point Park.

In the case of the Charlestown Netball Association (CNA), the locally-headquartered organisation’s backing will help with accreditation costs for representative personnel, such as coaches and umpires, as well as subsidise their attendance at the State Titles in Sydney later this year.

“For the first time, we’ll compete in the under-14 boys’ division at the NSW event,” president Dianne Pascoe said.

“We’re also hoping to attract more men and lads to the sport, continuing the growth in our competition, which now boasts more than 1,000 players.”

The Westlakes District Netball Association will utilise the money to maintain its courts, with the Wangi Wangi facility supporting in excess of 600 members.

Singleton, on the other hand, is staging clinics.

The Hunter Netball team, which contested the 2023 NSW Netball Metro League in Sydney.

Greater Bank is also a founding partner of Hunter Netball, who provides emerging athletes with a pathway to elite Netball NSW tournaments, via their participation in the Metro League again in 2024.

Chair Jodi Cassar PSM said the support for all levels of netball was greatly appreciated.

“Associations are the backbone of the sport in NSW,” she explained.

“They provide a culturally-safe place for netballers, young and old, to improve their skills, stay healthy and, importantly, have fun.

“We’re also excited to offer opportunities for talented youngsters from across the Hunter in the Netball NSW Metro League competition.

“The Greater Bank partnerships help take the financial burden away from families and associations across the region, making sure netball remains accessible to all.”

The Westlakes District Netball Association will utilise the money to maintain its courts.

Glendale branch manager Emma Dumbrill said it was exciting to see the season underway.

“Greater Bank has been supporting netball in the Hunter for more than 30 years… and that’s because we love it,” she added.

“No matter the level, it promotes teamwork, friendships, a healthy lifestyle and anyone can have a go.

“It’s going to be a fantastic year… and we hope everyone has another great season.”

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