The recently launched Sapphire Series will commence its inaugural season in 2019. As the premium netball competition in the State it is only fitting the competition was named after Queensland’s official gemstone, the Sapphire.
The State’s best netball talent will go head to head in a competition designed to mint a new generation of Australian Diamonds in future years.
New Naming rights partner, HART Sport, are also proud Queenslanders. HART are a Brisbane-based company which has been helping people stay active since opening in 1992. HART Sport supply ethically-sourced sport and leisure equipment to over 50,000 customers in schools, clubs, government departments and fitness centres in 15 countries world-wide.
Netball Queensland CEO, Catherine Clark, is thrilled to announce the 4-year deal with HART Sport.
“We are passionate Queenslanders so to form a ground-breaking new partnership with another strong Queensland brand in HART Sport is just ideal. From their vision to helping people stay active through to their passion and knowledge about the needs of high performance training environments, this is a fantastic partnership on so many levels.
We have a huge sense of family here at Netball Queensland; we are all dedicated to transforming lives through Netball. HART Sport, as a Brisbane-based family business, shares our passion of developing and nurturing local talent,’ she said.
“The partnership is also perfect because HART are equipped to support the massive scale that netball brings across Queensland’s diverse communities. We have around 378 Clubs and Associations across the State. Greg and the team at HART Sport are committed to supporting the development pathways for our young players, coaches and officials – anywhere and everywhere,” Clark said.
Based in Brisbane, HART Sport believes in facilitating and supporting everyone in their sporting and active endeavours no matter, age, circumstance or ability.
As a result of the Sapphire Series naming rights deal, HART will also become a major partner of Netball Queensland.
Founder and owner of HART Sport, Greg Harten said the organisation is proud to support the growth of grass roots netball and the development of Queensland’s elite netball pathway.
“This is a terrific initiative by Netball Queensland. No doubt the HART Sapphire Series will become an important feature in the sporting landscape in Queensland. We are thrilled to support the series and netball throughout the state,” Harten said.
The investment from HART is a keystone partnership for the new league which has aims to assemble an impressive roster of partners as the competition matures over the next five years.
Netball Queensland’s General Manager – Commercial, Justin White, said “It is our aim to create a world-class women’s sport league which is also seen by the world. Netball is the best kept secret of women’s sport in terms of a global product”.
“We believe in what netball has to offer the global sports audience – both as an amazing sports entertainment product and as a career of choice for high performance athletes. HART Sport see the vision and we are thrilled to be forming a partnership to bring that vision to fruition” White said.
The Inaugural HART Sapphire Series season will commence in June 2019.