New Stadiums a must for Women’s Sports in Victoria

Over the last 50 years in Victoria, women’s sporting facilities have not received the same funding as have those for men’s sports such as Cricket and Football. The current Government, through its Private/Public Partnership project have to some extent addressed this with construction of modern competition Basketball/Netball courts incorporated in both New School construction and school refurbishment projects. Utilising competition grade timber sports flooring, Nellakir has constructed many of these courts over recent times. The courts are then used by the schools and the broader local community for recreational use.

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In itself the PPP program doesn’t guarantee access for all local competitions. Many Netball teams and competitions struggle to gain access to the premium facilities, based on the shortage of such facilities and the overwhelming demand for their usage by various groups.

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Two such instances had an impact on this weeks news. The demolition of the Chadstone Bowling Club to make way for a new Sports Stadium that will cater for the Stonnington area over the next decade, providing a new facility for the existing population that is at present grossly underserviced facility wise. The case has received wide publicity. Stonnington Council estimates there will be at least 30,000 new arrivals in this area in the next decade. It pointed to the fact that currently for those wishing to play Netball, Basketball, Volleyball or other minor sports requiring Timber Sports Flooring in a designated stadium there is only one court for every 5190 residents who wish to play such sports. The ratio for more traditional, generally male dominated sports such as Cricket and Football is 724 residents per pitch or oval. Bowls or Tennis players rated 255 residents per court.

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In Northcote the situation is demonstrably similar in terms of demographics and assets dedicated to those who choose to play the stadium based sports of Netball, Basketball, Volleyball or similar. There is a particular failing identified in the Darebin area, but by no means is it restricted to Darebin. Facilities for women and girls sports are manifestly inadequate across the board.

Blood on the courts in Northcote netball stoush

Anyone pining for a taste of Northcote’s lost reputation as a tough part of town should skip High Street’s bourgeois bars and boutiques and head for the junior netball courts.

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Carly Kluge, president of the Parkside Netball Club, with players.  Photo: Eddie Jim

“When you are really trying hard and go for a ball and miss you’ve got a lot of blood on elbows and knees going on; we’re constantly restocking first aid kits,” Parkside Netball Club president Carly Kluge​ said.

The club of 150 members trains on a lumpy car park that fills with puddles after it rains, or on outdoor courts at two neighbourhood primary schools, because it can’t get access to an indoor court.

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Participation rates for netball in Darebin are much lower than average. Photo: Rob Gunstone

According to a 2014 council report there are just 13 netball courts in the city of Darebin, which has a population of almost 150,000.

The dearth of good netball courts is a problem that stretches right across the Northcote electorate, Darebin council says, unlike the male-dominated sports of cricket and football, which have numerous available fields on which to play.

With the political spotlight on Northcote, which faces a byelection on November 18, the council – four of whose nine councillors are Greens – has sought to pressure the Andrews government to build better facilities.

It wants the Labor government to help it build a $32 million indoor sports stadium, big enough for 5000 members, at the John Cain Memorial Park in Thornbury.

Darebin has committed $6.5 million of its own funds to the proposal and wants the Andrews government to invest $25 million.

The council has also proposed naming the stadium after Fiona Richardson, the Labor MP for Northcote and Minister for Women, whose death from cancer in August has forced the byelection.

The government has so far focused its campaign for Northcote on housing affordability and renters’ rights, in an electorate where median house prices have grown to well above $1 million.

The Greens have tried to wedge Labor on the continued logging of native forests.

The council’s whistle-blowing on the lack of sporting facilities for girls seeks to bring the campaign back to local issues.

“For more than a century the majority of public money has been invested in facilities that cater to men,” Darebin mayor Kim Le Cerf said.

The lack of good local facilities meant women and girls were forced to change in their cars, then play on substandard outdoor courts, Cr Le Cerf said.

“In 2017, why are we still letting girls down so badly?”

Minister for Sport John Eren​ said the government had already spent almost $2.5 million on building and upgrading netball courts in Darebin and did not rule out council’s proposed stadium.

“We’re already working closely with council on this proposal and are considering their application,” Mr Eren said.

A 2014 report by Netball Victoria found participation rates in Darebin were less than a third of the state average: just 0.70 per cent of people in the municipality play organised netball, compared with 2.3 per cent statewide.

Julie Zucco​, president of the Darebin Netball Association, argued this was not for lack of interest.

Competition with other sports such as volleyball and basketball for scarce court space was so intense that the association had cut back the number of nights it has competitive matches from four to two a week, Ms Zucco said.

“New courts, new facilities would mean a huge impact for us,” she said.

“It would mean a lot more children would be able to get in and play sport where they may be missing out at this present stage.”

source: theage.com.au

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Nellakir are enthusiastic in supporting the further development of Basketball, Netball, Volleyball and Badminton facilities. As a company Nellakir is Victoria’s leading builder and supplier of high quality Sprung Timber Sports Flooring. When constructed Nellakir can provide sensible, practical long term maintenance programs for all competition rated Sports Flooring and Stadium Seating.

Call now on 03 9467 6126 or leave your details here on our website and our team will contact you to further discuss your needs.

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Victoria’s First Vertical School, with Nellakir Sports Floors

The Victorian State Government has commissioned the construction of the state’s first ‘Vertical’ school in Ferrars St, South Melbourne. Construction is now well and truly underway; Enrolments are now being accepted and the project will be completed for the beginning of the 2018 school year.

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The school will be 5 storeys high and cater to 525 students. As part of what will be known as the Montague Precinct of the Fisherman’s Bend Urban Renewal Project, the project has been designed by Hayball architects with Tract Consultants preparing the landscape architectural elements of the school and its environs.

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Extra land adjacent to the project has been purchased by the State Government to create a vibrant open space with outdoor netball courts.

Nellakir are providing a multipurpose, sprung timber sports floor for the school with a full size indoor court suitable for Basketball, Netball, Volleyball, Gymnastics and for school assemblies. As with many new primary schools, facilities will be available to local sporting competitions on weekends and evenings. The idea is to fully embed the school in local community and neighbourhood life.

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The acquisition of land by the Port Phillip Council adjacent to the school for public use is a significant part of future planning. Council is focussed on maintaining ‘liveability’ within the high density environment evolving in this precinct. It is doing so by encouraging physical and social activity – in a safe, attractive streetscape and a park. Again this is a further extension of the PPP (Public Private Partnership) projects being undertaken by the State Government. Currently Nellakir is providing Sprung Timber Sports Flooring for a number of schools in this project, including multi use full courts, half courts and gymnasium floors and surfaces.

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It is estimated that over 80,000 people will live in the 455 hectare Fisherman’s Bend area by 2050, and the overall project (of which this is an integral part) is often referred to as Australia’s largest Urban Renewal Project.

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In other news, Nellakir have now completed a full refurbishment program for Southern Peninsular Basketball at Rosebud with the first competition Basketball game scheduled for this Friday evening. The project included a full resanding, then recoating and repairs to this busy sports stadium’s sprung timber sports flooring. A full new logo was added to the centre of the court to complete the look, with all linemarkings refreshed and renewed. ‘Jump down’ is this weekend. Good luck to the Sharks!

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At the Knox Community Centre Rowville, Nellakir have undertaken a full revamp of the existing competition timber sports flooring. The replacement program will commence in December.

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And lastly for this report, Nellakir are commencing the replacement of the Sprung Timber Flooring of the Lowther Hall Early Learning Centre in Essendon. The flooring is an integral requirement for the school’s multipurpose and recital area.

With several other new projects to be announced in the near future, Nellakir is ensuring high quality competition sports surfaces and sprung timber surfaces for a full range of end uses right across Victoria and Tasmania.

If your club or competition, school or church requires a new floor using sprung timber, or need an effective costed maintenance program call Nellakir now on (03) 9467 6126 or drop us an email via our website.

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Netball – The Best Game

Netball is Australia’s most popular womens sport catering for competitions ranging from Junior through to Senior with an Australia-wide premium competition that currently is featured on Free to Air Television – Netball Australia’s 8 team National Competition.

Nellakir have been involved with the construction of most premium competition courts in the Greater Melbourne area and the nearby Regional Cities. The Nellakir team constructed the current Victorian Netball Centre main courts. These are constructed in  premium sprung timber sports flooring and can be viewed on our website here

As well the company is actively involved in cyclical maintenance of a large number of courts both in Greater Melbourne and regional Victoria currently used for premium competitive Netball.

At Nellakir we believe in fostering the sport of Netball as a healthy, regular team sport. The Victorian State Government PPP program is now ensuring that kids have a genuine opportunity to play and participate in most parts of Melbourne and rural Victoria. The PPP (Public Private Partnership) program is ensuring that Netball Courts are incorporated in the majority of new schools built and also with school upgrades.

Netball is a skilful game. It requires quick thinking and action with good hand to eye coordination. it is fast becoming a recognised international sport and in all likelihood may well feature at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

It is more than interesting seeing the sport regain a foothold in the USA. This is where it started many years ago, as a genteel version of Basketball for ‘proper young ladies’. However since those days the game has evolved dramatically and it is now a fast paced, incredibly skilful game with major differences to Basketball. This includes court position, no dribbling the ball, no contact and the three second rule that requires ball disposal within a three second period. It’s a wonderful team sport that encourages the development of physical, mental and social skill sets.

For anyone looking to encourage their children to play sport and exercise, Netball is an excellent choice. For those of you interested we have placed a video this week on Facebook featuring the growth of the game in New York. You can watch it here

And remember in junior grades boys can play too! So step to it. Netball is the buzz. Enrol your children for real fun and fitness now. And you never know – if they’re playing indoors on a sprung timber sports floor – it’s probably a Nellakir floor!