If you play netball in Ipswich you no longer have to worry about skinning your knees on the old bitumen courts at Salisbury Road!
Ipswich Netball Association has recently resurfaced its 16 top courts with a brand new synthetic surface that President Gail Lyne said is creating quiet a stir in the sporting city.
“We are the talk of the town of all the sports at the moment, after winning club of the year, resurfacing the courts, which look amazing, we just keep raising the bench mark for other clubs,” Lyne said.
The thriving association received a $100,000 Queensland Government Grant from the ‘Get in the Game’ program and contributed the rest from canteen and the 2013 Netball Queensland State Age Championship profits.
Lyne said it is the first time the courts have been redeveloped since the Ipswich City Council completed a million dollar overall in 2005.
“These courts will last us 10 years and the overall appearance of the courts looks so much better,” Lyne said.
“If it takes a little bit of pressure off players’ bodies and keeps them in the game longer because of the new surface, then that is our aim,” she said.
Ipswich Association has 122 teams competing in it’s Saturday morning competition ranging from ages eight up to seniors and Lyne said they now boast 80 young netballers in the National NetSetGo program for beginners
“Netball is a growth sport in Ipswich, we have seen a 10% increase in numbers in 2013 and again this year and we are attracting even more players because of the new facilities,” Lyne said.
Lyne said still on the successful association’s wish list is gaining funding to resurface the remaining eight back courts, build a storage shed for the clubs to store their equipment and a re-development of the all important canteen.