Melbourne Storm Group have tightened their grip on the Sunshine Coast by changing into sole owners of the areas’ Tremendous Netball membership, the Lightning.
The College of the Sunshine Coast has opted to step again from a co-ownership mannequin and as an alternative change into the principal associate of the Lightning.
Since becoming a member of the Tremendous Netball competitors in 2017, Sunshine Coast have featured in three grand finals, successful back-to-back premierships in 2017 and 2018, and by no means completed decrease than fourth.
Melbourne’s NRL boss Justin Rodski stated the Sunshine Coast was a second residence for the membership after the crew spent the majority of the previous two seasons primarily based there on account of COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria.
“We have made clear that we want to maintain our commitment to the Sunshine Coast market, which includes our rugby league recruitment and pathways programs, and partnership with the Sunshine Coast Falcons,” Rodski stated in a press release.
“The Coast has also become a ‘home away from home’ for the team over the last two COVID affected NRL seasons.
“Shifting to sole possession of Lightning will enable us to additional leverage that connection throughout each elite sporting codes.
“Lightning is an integral part of the Storm Group, adding geographic and gender diversity to our unique portfolio offering, while upholding the same values around people, community and elite success.”
Underneath the brand new principal partnership, USC could have branding rights on the back and front of the Lightning crew’s costume, and the membership will stay primarily based at USC Stadium.
Gamers may also have entry to USC’s high-performance services for coaching, experience and analysis.