THE hard work starts now for the Ballarat Sovereigns, says chairman Bill Mundy.
The Sovereigns will now start preparing in earnest for the 2015 season following its inclusion into the Victorian Netball League.
Mundy is excited about the opportunity to front Ballarat’s latest pathway into state level netball, but concedes that the newly rebranded club is yet to establish itself on an administrative level.
“I’m excited about the opportunity that this brings back to the Ballarat community,” he said.
“Most importantly, it (the inclusion) continues to provide a pathway for young Victorian women into the Netball Victorian League.
“The reality is that we needed to get this announcement first. There will be a lot of hard work between now and the start of the 2015 VNL season.”
Included in the administrative changes will be the establishment of key coaching positions after several specialist coaches have already been signed on for the following season.
Sovereigns have had strong support from across the wider Ballarat community and its elite sporting organisations, and Mundy hopes that the club can reach the levels of competitiveness displayed by the city’s other marquee teams, like North Ballarat Roosters football and Ballarat Basketball Club’s Miners and Rush.
“The re-invigoration of the new name is going to give us a new opportunity to step up our performances,” Mundy said.
“The first thing that we need to do is bring together the community stakeholders.
“From my perspective it gives me an opportunity to give back to a sport that is certainly growing throughout Australia.”