Super Netball players agree to 70 percent pay cut

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Super Netball players will receive a 70 percent pay cut for five weeks in order to reduce the financial impact of COVID-19, the Suncorp Super Netball League and the Australian Netball Player's Association (ANPA) announced on Saturday.

Players will take two weeks leave from club duties from Monday 30 March to be followed up with three weeks at home on "active rest" for seven hours per week.

The Super Netball season, which was set to commence in early May, has been delayed to at least July with the tournament not to start ahead of June 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Super Netball CEO Chris Symington praised the playing group for doing their part in assisting the league in unprecedented times in a statement on Saturday.

"These are difficult and unprecedented times, not only in netball, but right across the world. In a less than ideal situation, our players have shown maturity and understanding throughout these discussions and we're pleased to have reached an outcome for the near future," Symington said.

"The league has put measures in place to ensure that all players have wellbeing support during this time, and, over the next five weeks, we will have further discussions with the ANPA to determine any further changes to conditions that might need to be made."

ANPA CEO Kathryn Harby-Williams stated the players understood the impact COVID-19 is having on the sport and agreed to play their part in helping the sport get through trying times.

"Our sport is not immune. Over the past few days we have endured some of our most difficult times when faced with the harsh reality of an uncertain future. We fully understand we need to play our role to enable netball to get through these bleak times, hence we have agreed to take a pay cut," she said.

"Our game has worked really hard to continue to increase the minimum wage and allow players to be contracted for 12 month periods, but the brutal truth is that our minimum wage is $30,000 per annum and this pay reduction will be severely felt. However, we know we are not alone and many others throughout our community are suffering.

"On a positive note, the players feel well supported and are particularly grateful that the sport has introduced a wellbeing taskforce to help them through this extraordinary period. We look forward to getting to the other side to do what we do best - and that is play the game we love."

Club training partners will have their 2020 payments honoured in full while the league is hoping to work with partners to find employment opportunities to supplement their income.