It is a sport that emerged from an adaption of women’s basketball but has long since developed into a competitive game in its own right. Netball is hitting a boom and not just in the UK. The Suncorp League in Australia is attracting netball stars from around the globe, while the UK’s very own Vitality Superleague is creating their own leading faces as netball reaches new audiences.
Funding the future of netball
Whether netball has been your life for years or you are just getting into the sport, the latest announcement on Sport England investment is likely to have you leaping with elation.
£26.9 million… This is the figure Sport England has awarded netball’s governing body in National Lottery and government funding. This is to be split into £13.9million for development and £3million for the national team between 2017 and 2021.
Impact on the game
The funding not only shows a significant investment in “grassroots” netball but at the international level as England look to mount a new offensive at the 2019 World Cup in Liverpool. As England netball stars head to Australia and the Vitality Superleague continues to gain momentum, the investment is a ‘thumbs up’ to transforming the netball scene further. New role models will shine and become the benchmark for future stars. The conversation will also broaden as netball becomes a sport that challenges the mainstream; shown already with the faith placed in the game by Sky Sports.
As JCA Netball continues to provide additional opportunities for young netballers to experience competitive fixtures, coaching and even an introduction to netball through High 5, the boost in funding is not only supporting England Netball in its continued push. For netball teams and organisations around the country, it is a vote of confidence in the hard work and commitment put into the sport and the young players that continue to develop across the nation.