24 Nov 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

England Netball and England Men’s and Mixed Netball Association (EMMNA) have announced a pioneering new partnership which will see both organisations join forces to strategically develop and grow the male game in England.

EMMNA was founded in 2019 with the mission to establish a pathway to play the game for men and boys at grassroots, national, and international level within both the social and competitive netball landscapes. 

Whilst England Netball’s delivery focus will remain to increase the opportunities for women and girls to play the game and rebuilding grassroots netball following the global pandemic and addressing the gender participation gap, this landmark partnership will see England Netball formally recognise EMMNA delivered activity, to unlock more opportunities for male participants to join the netball family.

The European Parliament has adopted a comprehensive resolution on EU Sport Policy and called for action to protect European sport from the threat of breakaway competitions in light of the attempted European Super League (ESL). The resolution was approved by an overwhelming majority of the European Parliament’s members from the 27 member states of the European Union.

The ESL is a proposed new midweek competition of 20 teams compromised of 15 founders and 5 annual qualifiers. Although, they have now withdrawn due to widespread backlash, 6 of those founders were the Premier League’s “Big 6” of Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Tottenham.

MEPs strongly condemn breakaway competitions, like the ESL project, as undermining the values and principles of European sport and serving the interests of the elites.

Super League has announced a landmark deal which will see Channel 4 broadcast Betfred Super League matches in 2022. This initial two-year partnership will see matches broadcast free-to-air for the first time in the competition’s 26-year history.

Channel 4 will broadcast 10 live games each season, starting with eight-time Champions Leeds Rhinos hosting Warrington Wolves on Saturday 12 February. The remaining nine games will be spread across the season and will include two end of season play-off fixtures.

The 2021 Betfred Super League season saw record viewing figures with more games than ever attracting over 200,000 live viewers. By offering sports fans the opportunity to watch games via a free-to-air broadcaster, these figures will continue to show significant growth in 2022.

Table Tennis England has signed a further extension to its agreement with its Official Clothing Supplier, Butterfly.

It means England squads of all age groups will continue to be supplied with kit through Tees Sport, the Butterfly partner for specialist equipment in the British Isles.

The announcement comes as England stars Liam Pitchford, Paul Drinkhall, Sam Walker and Tin-Tin Ho begin their World Championships campaigns in Houston, Texas, and also coincides with the centenary of the table tennis governing body in England.