THE North Gambier Netball Club has received a significant boost during a challenging time thanks to a Federal Government Grant of $213,387.
The investment was presented to the club on Saturday as part of the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program with Member for Barker Tony Pasin present to congratulate the Tigers at Vansittart Park.
As a result of the funds, the venue’s netball courts will receive a flash face lift with a new permanent facility which will create a comfortable environment for both players and spectators.
It will be built on the grass area situated between the netball playing area and the road, while having the width of roughly two netball courts.
North Gambier Netball Club president Jordana Allen said the exciting project had been a long time coming.
“It is amazing – we have had this idea forever in the netball club,” she said.
“I have been here since 2004 and it has always been talked about, but nothing has gone through until we received this grant.”
The club’s new building will be used in several ways.
Its biggest feature will be the longawaited arrival of changerooms for netball players, who have previously been forced to leave the venue and use public toilets.
Pasin said the previous changeroom situation at the club was intolerable in the modern world.
“Without this investment, we will still see young netballers getting changed in public toilets outside the facility which in 2020 is not acceptable,” he said.
“It will become a safe, warm and convenient place for people.”
The facility will also have showers and toilets, while a storage area will be another great convenience for the Tigers as netball equipment was previously kept in the football changerooms.
The building will be polished off with viewing areas for spectators.
Despite almost everything in place for the project to begin, Allen said a start and finish date had not yet been confirmed, but COVID-19 had given North the chance to start ahead of schedule.
“It was not going to start until the end of the normal football and netball season, but it is going to begin a little bit earlier because of COVID,” she said.
“We have all of our fingers crossed it will be ready by the start of next season.”