The South Mildura Regional Sports District (MSRSP) is already keeping its promise of attracting national-level events and visibility following a partnership with the National Women’s Basketball League (WNBL) team, the Villawood Bendigo Spirit.
The Council has finalized a two-year partnership with Bendigo Spirit that will see the Chemist Warehouse WNBL team play a preseason game and a regular season home game at MSRSP over the next two seasons.
Recreation and Events Advisor Liam Wood said the games were part of a series of benefits for the Mallee area resulting from the partnership.
“While we are still in the final stages of completing Stage 1 of the enclosure, our community is already starting to see the benefits of having a venue of this size and quality in our area,” said said Cr Wood.
He said each of the pre-season and regular-season game visits will include a series of coaching clinics for local junior players, a talent identification program for Mildura Heat athletes and engagement activities. community such as school visits.
Michael McIvor – Director of Business Partnerships at Bendigo Spirit said his organization is extremely excited to partner with Mildura for the next two years.
“The Spirit is the Victoria regional team and we have an obligation to be a beacon for aspiring young athletes from regional regions who want to play at the highest level. Our Spirit athletes are committed to being role models for all young people and they look forward to immersing themselves in the community of Mildura, ”said Michael.
Bendigo Spirit head coach Tracy York said regional regions play an important role in Spirit’s history.
“We are very proud of the fact that over 70% of players, throughout Spirit’s history, have come from regional regions and you never know, we might find Spirit’s next superstar right here in Mildura,” he said. said Tracy.
“Our own Tessa Lavey is from Swan Hill so we know the kind of talent that exists in the Mallee area and with the launch of the new Mildura South Regional Sporting Precinct in the coming weeks this next wave of athletes will have facilities high-level skills to hone their skills.
As part of the two-year partnership, Bendigo Spirit players will sport the “Visit Mildura” logo on their gaming uniforms, which will provide significant national visibility given Chemist Warehouse WNBL’s broadcast arrangements.
There will also be a “Mildura Region” match at the Bendigo Stadium, providing opportunities to promote Mildura as a destination to the potential crowd of 4000 people.
Cr Wood said the link with the Bendigo Spirit stadium would provide mentoring opportunities for MSRSP operators.
“Bendigo Stadium is the largest indoor stadium in Victoria outside of metropolitan Melbourne and the largest basketball center in the Victoria area,” he said.
“It regularly hosts large-scale sports matches, world-class events, industry conferences and community sports, which are the types of activities for which the Mildura South Regional Sporting Precinct is designed and has the opportunity. to attract.
“We look forward to starting this journey with Bendigo Spirit who will showcase our newest and largest sports district nationwide, bring elite level sport to our community, increase participation rates in basketball and promote our region nationwide as a sports and tourism destination.
The Council will continue to work with Bendigo Spirit to finalize the dates for each of the pre-season and regular-season home games, which will be announced in the coming months.