Issue 6
Tuesday, 06 August 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Netball NT Executive Officer Ian Harkness and CDU Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global Strategy and Advancement Andrew Everett celebrate the partnership between the two organisations
Netball NT Executive Officer Ian Harkness and CDU Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global Strategy and Advancement Andrew Everett celebrate the partnership between the two organisations

CDU partners with Netball NT

CDU is partnering with Netball NT to enhance opportunities for its students and to support the development of pathways for Territory girls and young women into elite sports.

Talks around the three-year partnership began last year as an avenue for creating opportunities for the university to expand its research program into areas such as sports medicine, nutrition and sports science, and for netball players to have access to sport and health-related expertise.

Netball in the NT has a player base of more than 3000 across a wide age range of ages.

CDU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Global Strategy and Advancement Andrew Everett said there were great opportunities for research around women and young girls’ health and wellness in relation to sport.

“We can potentially research if their approach to their own health and understanding of what can impact on their wellbeing is more developed through their participation in sport,” Mr Everett said.

“Our students will benefit from opportunities for work integrated learning with Netball NT. We also see the benefits of being aligned with a sport that has taken great advances in recent years in terms of its innovation and professionalism. Through Netball NT’s alignment with the Sunshine Coast Lightning our local players have a pathway into the elite levels of the sport.

“Netball is associated with girls and young women being active, competitive, disciplined and committed. These are all qualities that make good tertiary students.

“We see this as a valuable marketing opportunity. Being affiliated with young women who are passionate about their sport and can commit to working or studying, and playing a game that they love, is also a great fit for us. It shows you don’t have to choose. You can do both – take advantage of flexible study options and be able to continue pursuing your other passions such as sport,” Mr Everett said.

Netball NT Executive Officer Ian Harkness said he was thrilled about the partnership and the benefits to the sport.

“Having access to a resource such as CDU students to work with the netball community at all levels and in centres around the Territory will enhance the athletes and coaches, and thus the standard of the sport, whether it be through sports science or health-related aspects,” Mr Harkness said.

“The opportunity to engage in research activities utilising the netball community for its own future benefit is another massive positive that will come from this partnership.

“Creating a link between our organisations will also allow us to encourage women to undertake any chosen tertiary studies in the Territory and enable them to continue playing netball in their home environment, hopefully encouraging them to pursue representative honours without having to move interstate.”

As part of the partnership, the new indoor netball facility at Marrara will now be named CDU Stadium and the university will have a presence with all five Netball NT member associations’ activities and venues to discuss study options with those considering their futures.