West Coast Fever’s iconic green will now sweep across their entire program as part of a restructure of Netball WA’s development pathways.
Fever, who will celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2022, have rebranded the state’s Australian Netball League side the Western Sting as the West Coast Fever reserves.
The under 17 and under 19s will be known as the West Coast Fever futures squads.
It means more than 60 athletes in WA will represent the Fever in 2022.
West Coast Fever netball boss Sue Gaudion said focus on sustained growth and future success would see the club extend the structure of its talent pathway this year.
“Our club has a proud history as one of the founding teams in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy and we will continue striving to be the very best, by setting up a structure that will strengthen the club on its 25th anniversary and continue building towards our 50th anniversary and beyond,” Gaudion said.
“This new structure will encompass 17s and 19s West Coast Fever Futures Squads, which will receive education, training and development opportunities as the next generation of emerging talent.
“The expansion of the club also includes re-branding Western Sting as West Coast Fever Reserves to represent WA at the Australian Netball Championships, and formalising the involvement of four elite men in our training environment.”
The Fever Academy program will also continue, while players from the West Coast Fever 17s and 19s Futures Squads will be selected to represent WA at their respective National Championships each year.
Regional and metropolitan academies will feed into the club, engaging approximately 500 netballers throughout WA in West Coast Fever Pod programs.