Greater Bank has expanded its commitment to supporting regional netball pathways, today announcing a new three-year partnership with the Western Region, Hunter and Central Coast Academies of Sport.

After being a long-time supporter of the Hunter Academy of Sport netball program, Greater Bank’s extended partnership will allow the three programs to strengthen their position in the athlete development pathway and provide greater opportunities for regional-based athletes throughout the Central West and extending into the Central Coast.

The programs will also play a vital role in the Netball NSW Athlete Pathway by identifying, monitoring and developing the skills of young netball players.

The Western Region, as well as the Hunter and Central Coast Academies provide regional and rural-based athletes aged 14-16 the opportunity to access national and international standard training and development programs within their regional bases.

Greater Bank Head of Marketing and Customer Experience, Matthew Hingston, reinforced the customer-owned bank’s commitment to supporting all levels of netball across its areas of operation.

“At Greater Bank we are committed to supporting the communities that support us and it’s this mantra that links us to extending our partnership with Academy Netball to cover the Central West and Central Coast regions in addition to our established program in the Hunter,” Mr Hingston said.

“We believe strongly in nurturing the talents of the next generation, and through a range of local area sponsorships and investment in programs throughout the Central West we aim to continue to generate greater community engagement, social inclusion and wellbeing across the region.

“As a long-term supporter of grassroots netball, we look forward to continuing and expanding our work with Academy Netball over the next three years and witnessing the talented players all three of the training programs deliver.”

Over the next three years, Greater Bank will be the official major sponsor of the three academy programs, as well as the Your Local Club Academy Games Netball Tournament to be held in the Hunter, the Academy Challenge to be held in Orange, and the Hunter Academy of Sport’s community event, SportsFest.

Central West Academy of Sport Executive Officer, Candice Boggs, said she was thrilled to have Greater Bank sponsoring the netball program.

“For decades, Greater Bank has shown their commitment to the sport of netball as well as encouraged the development of talented athletes,” Ms Boggs said.

“The benefits to young females throughout the Central West working their way through this particular pathway will be immeasurable. They really are community minded organisation,” Ms Boggs said.