The Bordertown KNT Netball courts upgrade has been a wish of the club for many years and the club celebrated it’s opening last Saturday. The club hosted Keith Netball Club with games played throughout the day and over 80 girls participated in Erin Bell clinics. The clinics were lead by Erin Bell, Nat Von Bertouch and our Bordertown bred, Cody Lange. The clinics attracted netballers from across the league and were a great success.
MP Mitch Williams officially opened the courts upgrade in the presence of a great number of players and supporters.
The current two courts were over 20 years old and with over 100 players in the club, and over 1000 court users the courts did not provide adequate space. The courts became unsafe for our players and umpires.
The club started busily fundraising and applying for funding a few years ago. After three grant application rounds the club was awarded $90,000 from the Government of SA, Department for Recreation and Sport, Community Recreation and Sports Facility Program. This grant then allowed the plans to start for the upgrade, which commenced last October.
The club required another $90,000 to match the grant, and through existing savings, club fundraising, local donations and support from our many local businesses the club reached that target.
ANZ Netball Nation provided a grant of $10,000 and the Tatiara District Council helped with the initial grant application, in-kind support during the project, and a Community Grant of $7000 to upgrade the mains facility.
Many donors and local businesses helped to keep costs to a minimum. Two of our local businesses, Lino and Denise Borrillo and Bordertown Pumps and Refrigeration undertook the major works.
Ted Langley and Peter Foulds helped to co-ordinate the project with volunteers providing approximately 400 hours of in-kind labour. The club could not have undertaken this project with-out volunteers help.
The club can now proudly say that the club courts now comply with Netball Australia guidelines with adequate area around the courts for umpires, and standard lighting now required for hosting night games.
The courts can now accommodate the growing large numbers of participants to use the facility, providing increased opportunities to train and play netball, day and night and all year round.