Collingwood and Tasmania continue to fly together

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The Collingwood Magpies have extended their sporting partnership with the Tasmanian Government for a further two years.

Tash Lewis

The Collingwood Magpies have extended their sporting partnership with the Tasmanian Government for a further two years.

The relationship, which has driven participation and elite pathway outcomes for netball in the state, will continue until 2021.

For three years Collingwood’s Super Netball program has worked with Netball Tasmania to nurture and promote the sport across the country’s most southern state.

The Collingwood Magpies play in Launceston and Hobart each season to bring world-class netball to the north and south. Last year, for example, the Magpies sold out Launceston’s Silverdome for their SSN clash with the NSW Swifts and played a pre-season match against the Sunshine Coast Lightning in Hobart.

Collingwood’s Australian Netball League affiliate, the Tasmanian Magpies, play on a national stage and provide a pathway for Tasmanians into the Super Netball competition.

The Tasmanian Magpies won the ANL championship in 2018 and claimed bronze last year. The likes of Mel Bragg and Kelsie Rainbow forged careers in the SSN via the Tasmanian partnership.

In 2019 there were over 7,300 registered netball players in Tasmania – the highest female sport participation rate in the state.

Since the partnership’s inception in 2017, Collingwood has not only helped to create major netball events in Tasmania but conducted regular community and development clinics.

Collingwood and the Tasmanian Government have committed to initiatives that continue to increase the participation of women in sport.

Collingwood’s CEO Mark Anderson credits the Tasmanian Government for its continuing focus on and support of women’s sport.

“The partnership between Collingwood and Tasmania has created sporting opportunities for women and spiked participation rates in the state,” Anderson said.

“We thank the Tasmanian Government for its vision and investment, and for allowing us to work on behalf of the sport in the state.

“We are really looking forward to our SSN team returning to the state in 2020, with our pre-season and round four matches confirmed.

“We value our place in the netball community and the opportunity we have, in partnership with the Tasmanian Government and Netball Tasmania, to build the sport.”

Netball Tasmania’s CEO Aaron Pidgeon is pleased to extend the partnership.

“Netball Tasmania and Collingwood have built a strong partnership which supports the growth of Tasmanian Netball,” Pidgeon said.

“We believe the partnership is of great mutual benefit and we look forward to taking this further in the coming term.”

The Collingwood Magpies will host a preseason match this Friday, 28 February, against the Sunshine Coast Lightning at the Derwent Entertainment Centre (DEC) in Hobart before returning to the Silverdome in Launceston for the SSN round four match against the Giants in May.

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