Coronavirus: Silver Ferns agree to 20 percent salary freeze due to COVID-19

Silver Ferns and ANZ Premiership players will take a 20 percent wage freeze until May 7.
Silver Ferns and ANZ Premiership players will take a 20 percent wage freeze until May 7. Photo credit: Getty

New Zealand's top netballers have accepted a 20 percent wage freeze until to help ease the pressure on their organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Silver Ferns squad members and ANZ Premiership players have agreed to have their retainers frozen until May 7th to help alleviate some of the financial damage caused by the suspended season.

Netball NZ and the New Zealand Netball Players Association (NZNPA) said they're currently developing some competition formats for a potential return to courts later this year.

Both parties agreed for the pay freeze to be dated back to April 10. 

Netball NZ High Performance manager Keir Hansen said players had been hugely supportive of their teams and organisations in the midst of an extremely tough financial situation.

"Netball, along with all other sports and businesses are feeling the effects of COVID-19, said Hansen. 

"While this salary freeze for anyone is challenging, this will go a long way in helping secure the ongoing viability of teams."

NZNPA representative Steph Bond said the country's elite players are fully aware of the current landscape and have been extremely supportive of sustaining the future of the sport.

"Players understand that they play an important role in ensuring the long-term future of the sport including its financial viability," said Bond.

"We remain committed to working with stakeholders to ensure our sport survives and getting back to the court when the opportunity presents itself."

The 2020 ANZ Premiership netball season has been suspended indefinitely, while the second-tier Beko Netball League has been cancelled for the year.