Northam netballers will get a chance to see a special up-close West Coast Fever game next month, Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies announced today.
Funded by the Liberal National Government, Western Australia's national netball team will play Sydney's Giants in Northam during a pre-season match ahead of the start of the 2017 season.
"Having a game of this quality played in Northam will not only be a chance to see two national teams play but it's an opportunity to support and develop netball locally," Ms Davies said.
"The Wheatbelt Flames are a big part of the Smarter than Smoking WA Netball League and having a netball game of this calibre will hopefully inspire the next generation of Wheatbelt netballers."
The teams will step onto the court at the Northam Recreation Centre on February 3, 2017.
Through the Department of Sport and Recreation's Country Sport Enrichment Scheme, Netball WA have received $15,000 towards hosting the game.
The Country Sport Enrichment Scheme offers support and assistance to take international, national and approved State league competitions and contests to regional Western Australia.
The visiting teams will also take part in a community engagement program comprising of a player clinic and coaches forum.
"Earlier this week, I announced that Perth Glory's reserve team and Sorrento would play in Geraldton under the same sport enrichment program, and wouldn't it be great to think that watching these games might also inspire a future West Coast Fever player or Perth Glory player," the Minister said.
Ms Davies said developing sport in regional towns and centres was an important part of the work, the Department of Sport and Recreation does from its 11 regional offices.
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