Mellor Olsson back on board for Academy Games

Netball SA is proud to announce that law firm Mellor Olsson has again signed as the naming rights partner of the Academy Games.

The Netball SA Mellor Olsson Academy Games, played across three days in October at Priceline Stadium, showcases the skills players from nine academies have learnt throughout the ‘Dare to Develop a Diamond Academy Program’.

Mellor Olsson managing partner Greg Arthur said the firm is excited to return as the naming rights partner after a successful inaugural year.

“A key driver for us to partner with Netball SA for the Academy Games was the opportunity to support young netballers,” he said.

“We have been committed to providing legal services for residents across South Australia for many years, and to extend our support for our clients, their communities and family members through netball is of huge importance to us.”

A key highlight at the 2017 games was the competition held by Mellor Olsson where netballers were asked “what would make a difference to your netball journey?”

Mr Arthur said answers to the question included mentor coaching from the Adelaide Thunderbirds, petrol money to get to and from trainings and carnivals, new netball shoes and netball equipment.

“We were delighted to be able to gift three players the item they wished for, which exemplifies what our partnership with Netball SA is all about – the opportunity to give back and make a difference.

“We are excited to be involved again this year and are looking at ways we can run a similar competition.”

Netball SA CEO Ben Scales said he is delighted that Mellor Olsson are once again the naming rights partner for the Academy Games.

“As we saw last year, this partnership provides significant benefits to this important program and the Games,” he said.

“The Dare to Develop a Diamond Academy Program is a key component of the netball pathway and provides opportunities for over 250 athletes to progress their skills, as well as coaches and umpires.

“The Mellor Olsson Academy Games are three days of fierce competition. There’s a great buzz around Priceline Stadium with players from across the state so excited to take to the courts.”

The importance of the program is demonstrated by current Adelaide Thunderbird Sasha Glasgow, who began her netball journey in the Northern Regional Netball Academy. Sasha is the 2018 Mellor Olsson Academy Games Ambassador.

In further support for the state’s netball community, Mellor Olsson is offering 10% off estate planning packages during 2018 for Netball SA members.

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Mellor Olsson are also a Corporate Partner of Netball SA and the Adelaide Thunderbirds.