Collingwood Magpies withdraw from Tremendous Netball following assessment
Collingwood has advised Tremendous Netball bosses it can withdraw its licence from the competitors on the finish of the 2023 season.
- Collingwood boss Craig Kelly stated the membership ‘may have run a greater netball program’
- Tremendous Netball chief government Kelly Ryan stated she would help Magpies gamers and employees
- Tremendous Netball stated it was speaking to events inquisitive about turning into the league’s eighth membership subsequent season
The membership stated it made the choice “following a assessment specializing in the viability of the membership’s netball program into the longer term”.
“Collingwood is a greater place for having had a netball crew,” Collingwood chief government Craig Kelly stated in a press release on Thursday.
“The choice to not renew our netball licence has been an extremely tough one which has weighed closely on us.”
Tremendous Netball chief government Kelly Ryan stated she was “upset” by the choice.
“In current occasions it had turn out to be clear that Collingwood’s priorities had shifted away from netball to concentrate on its core enterprise of soccer,” Ryan stated.
“We’re understanding of the affect Collingwood’s resolution has on its present gamers and employees and we are going to help them throughout this time.”
Collingwood first broke the information that it was considering the membership’s future within the league final week, after which Tremendous Netball stated it was dedicated to operating an eight-team competitors subsequent yr whatever the Magpies resolution.
Ryan stated Tremendous Netball is at the moment speaking to events within the operating to interchange the Magpies because the league’s eighth membership.
“The expansion of netball in Australia is powerful, with greater than 1 million contributors throughout the nation,” Ryan stated.
“We’re happy with the Tremendous Netball competitors and it stays the primary skilled netball league on this planet.”
The Magpies have performed in Tremendous Netball for seven years, with restricted on-court success — this season the membership has received simply two of its 10 video games.
The membership has additionally struggled to draw supporters to video games and faces monetary worries because of this.
“As a membership, we’re tasked with persevering with to ship progress throughout all areas of Collingwood and in the end, the assessment, which analysed key points of the membership’s netball program and that of the governing physique, decided that this system is just not sustainable,” Kelly stated.
He stated the membership has been in touch with Netball Australia and Tremendous Netball bosses to discover options, however Netball Australia’s personal monetary challenges performed “a key function” within the membership’s resolution.
“We acknowledge we may have run a greater netball program at Collingwood,” Kelly stated.
“Whereas the timing of an announcement like that is by no means excellent, or nice, it is very important present our athletes, coaches and employees with readability to allow them to plan for the longer term.
“We’ll help athletes and employees on their transition over the approaching months.”
Kelly paid tribute to educate Nicole Richardson and captains Geva Mentor and Ash Brazill, together with all of the gamers who’ve performed for the membership, saying every “made our membership higher”.
The membership stated its dedication to girls’s sport remained stable.
“To be clear, whereas we’re exiting netball, Collingwood stays completely dedicated to rising, investing in and growing girls athletes via our AFLW and VFLW packages.
“We thank each single member and supporter of the Magpies’ netball neighborhood for his or her unwavering help and loyalty and we thank all company companions, previous and current, for his or her help over the course of the journey.”