WNBL Announcement

June 27, 2024 | WNBL news

Thursday 27 June, 2024

The Wollemi Capital Group Syndicate (WCGS), and the National Basketball League (NBL), have formed a consortium to acquire a majority interest in the WNBL following the completion of the 2024/25 season. Basketball Australia will maintain a minority interest in the League.

A term sheet has been signed which provides up to 60 days to finalise the proposed arrangement and allows any conditions to be met.

“Women’s Basketball in Australia has a phenomenal history and an even brighter future; we are excited to be a major part of the syndicate that will guide the future direction as well as provide the right level of support and investment needed in the sport for decades to come. There is much work to be done to transform the League into a platform that our amazing female players, clubs, fans and all involved richly deserve,” Robyn Denholm, Founder of Wollemi Capital Group, said.

“We are proud to be part of a group that will now have an opportunity to rethink what the best version of the WNBL can look like, and set the direction for the future as we did for the NBL. We believe this is a truly exciting proposition for us, the players, the fans, and everyone involved,” NBL Owner Larry Kestelman said.

“The female athletes in the sport, as well as younger girls aspiring for greatness, deserve better and we believe we can, with time, deliver something to be proud of, but do not underestimate the work and challenges ahead.”

Under the new ownership structure, the consortium will take control of the league, with the NBL to operate the WNBL, from April 2, 2025.

“We will spend the next few months and beyond listening and learning as much as we can from the clubs, players, fans and key stakeholders to ensure we make the appropriate changes for long term sustainability and the establishment of a world-class League,” NBL CEO David Stevenson said.

“We are excited and feel privileged to be the new custodians of Australia’s oldest women’s professional sports competition, and we believe this group is best placed to bring sustained success and unprecedented growth.”

John Carey, Basketball Australia Chair, confirmed that WCGS and the NBL are the successful consortium following a rigorous and thorough selection process.

“We are delighted to welcome WCGS and the NBL to the WNBL, we are all committed to working together to ensure the success of the League for the players, clubs and fans. This is a very exciting time for the League and women’s basketball, and we look forward to working closely with Robyn, Larry and David,” Carey said.

Matt Scriven, CEO of Basketball Australia, looks forward to a close working relationship with WCGS and the NBL.

“The announcement today is a commitment by all parties to elevate the WNBL and ensure the future of women’s basketball in Australia,” Scriven said.