FEBRUARY Greater Bank has expanded its commitment to supporting regional netball pathways, today announcing a new three-year partnership with the Central Coast, Hunter and Western Region Academies of Sport.
After being a long-time supporter of the Central Coast and Hunter Academy of Sport netball programs, Greater Bank’s extended partnership will allow the three programs to strengthen their position in the athlete development pathway and provide greater opportunities for regional-based athletes.
The programs will also play a vital role in the Netball NSW Athlete Pathway by identifying, monitoring and developing the skills of young netball players.
The Central Coast, as well as the Hunter and Western Region Academies, provide regional and rural- based athletes aged 14 – 16 the opportunity to access national and international standard training and development programs within their regional bases.
Greater Bank Head of Marketing and Customer Experience, Matthew Hingston, reinforced the customer-owned bank’s commitment to supporting all levels of netball across its areas of operation.
“At Greater Bank we are committed to supporting the communities that support us and it’s this mantra that links us to extending our partnership with Academy Netball to cover the Central Coast and Central West regions in addition to our established program in the Hunter,” Mr Hingston said.
“We believe strongly in nurturing the talents of the next generation, and through a range of local area sponsorships and investment in programs across the Central Coast we aim to continue to generate greater community engagement, social inclusion and wellbeing throughout the region.
“As a long-term supporter of grassroots netball in the region, we look forward to continuing and expanding our work with Academy Netball over the next three years and witnessing the talented players all three of the training programs deliver.”
Over the next three years, Greater Bank will be the official major sponsor of the three academy programs, as well as the Your Local Club Academy Games Netball Tournament to be held in the Hunter, the Academy Challenge to be held in Orange, and the Hunter Academy of Sport’s community event, SportsFest.
Central Coast Academy of Sport Managing Director, Ian Robilliard, said he was thrilled to have Greater Bank sponsoring the netball program.
“For well over a decade, Greater Bank has shown their commitment to the sport of netball as well as encouraged the development of talented athletes,” Mr Robilliard said.
“The benefits to young females on the Central Coast working their way through this particular pathway will be immeasurable. They really are community minded organisation,” Mr Robilliard said.
The CCAS Greater Bank Netball program commences in earnest with an athlete orientation program scheduled for Sunday 10th February at Mingara Recreation Club where twenty seven (27) athletes will be introduced to the workings of the CCAS.