The Maryborough Rovers Football Netball Club has scored a $2000 cheque from WorkSafe Victoria for keeping its netballers safe.
After the Magpies deemed their home courts unfit for play three years ago, the club worked with the local council, the Maryborough FNC and the Maryborough Netball Association (MNA) to relocate its home games to safer facilities.
Rovers junior netball coach Rachael Raven said the shift from the Magpies’ spiritual home of Jubilee to the facilities at Princes Park and the MNA has impacted the club greatly.
“We haven’t been able to play on our home court for three years now because they are cracked and that’s had a huge impact on our club,” she said.
“We’ve been playing across the lake from our home, at Princes Park for five games a season and the other three we’re playing at the local association across the other side of town.
“It’s impacted the family atmosphere of our club being split like that, it’s another travel factor for parents and players and we’ve also lost a lot of canteen and gate income as well as taking on added expenses of renting facilities.
“But we needed to make sure that our players are safe and not playing on an unsafe court.”
This dramatic move plus the implementation of a warm up and a regimented cool down process for junior players, led to the local club winning the award.
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