18/04/2024

Collingwood Magpies recruit Sophie Garbin (Photo: Suncorp Super Netball/Website)

Collingwood has announced it will be withdrawing its licence from the Super Netball competition at the end of the 2023 season.

The decision came after a review of the program was done by the club looking at the netball clubs viability, which determined the program is “not sustainable.”

Collingwood CEO Craig Kelly said the netball program had meaningful impact but that it also could have been better.

“Collingwood is a better place for having had a netball team and the decision now to renew our netball licence has been an incredibly difficult one which has weighed heavily on us,” Kelly said.

“We acknowledge we could have run a better netball program at Collingwood.

“Throughout this process, we met with Netball Australia and SSN on multiple occasions to explore potential solutions. 

“While the timing of an announcement like this is never ideal, or pleasant, it is important to provide our athletes, coaches and staff with clarity so they can plan for the future.

“We will support athletes and staff on their transition over the coming months.

“To be clear, while we are exiting netball, Collingwood remains absolutely committed to growing, investing in and developing women athletes through our AFLW and VFLW programs.”

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Netball Australia said in a statement that negotiations are already underway with interested parties for the licence to be the eighth team in the 2024-2026 Super Netball seasons.

Netball Australia CEO Kelly Ryan said that while the governing body is disappointed by Collingwood’s decision, “we thank them for their participation in the Suncorp Super Netball competition.”

“In recent times it had become clear that Collingwood’s priorities had shifted away from netball to focus on its core business of football.  

“We are understanding of the impact Collingwood’s decision has on its current players and staff, and we will support them during this time. 

“We are currently talking to interested parties and look forward to communicating the next steps as this process unfolds.”

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