The Chinese Grand Prix, which was due to be held in Shanghai on 19th April, has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Formula 1 event is the latest sporting event to be hit by coronavirus fears, while the Vietnamese Grand Prix, scheduled for 5th April, has also been cast into doubt.
The Chinese Grand Prix Promoter, Juss Sports Group, officially requested the postponement after ongoing discussions with the Federation of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports of People's Republic of China (CAMF) and Shanghai Administration of Sports.
England Netball has begun its brand new Couch To Court campaign, with the aim of getting more than 4,000 women into the sport in the New Year.
The national federation is aiming to battle inactivity among women, after a 2018/19 study found that 11.2 million people nationwide were doing less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week.
The scheme encourages women to move from the couch to the netball court with information, digital material and supporting correspondence to help people battle the nerves of joining a team for the first time.
England Netball says it has recorded its ‘fastest and highest grossing’ ticket sales to date for its upcoming Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) season and the new Vitality Netball Nations Cup.
The governing body for netball in England credits events such as the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup, and the success of the England Roses in competitions such as the 2018 Commonwealth Games with driving interest in the sport and fuelling revenue growth from ticket sales.
Steve Elworthy has been appointed Independent Chair of Vitality Netball Super League (VNSL).
The former Managing Director of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and Cricket Women’s World Cup 2017 was on the board for the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup in Liverpool. He will now sit as Independent Chair of the VNSL board, which is responsible for developing and delivering the business plan for VNSL competition. It is comprised of representatives from England netball, the clubs, and the Chair of the Board.
England Netball has appointed Fran Connolly as its new CEO, replacing the outgoing Joanna Adams.
Adams, who oversaw a period of growth for netball in England, culminating with a home World Cup which took place in Liverpool in July 2019, announced that she would be stepping down from her role as CEO in August 2019.
England Netball says the Vitality Netball World Cup, held in Liverpool, has inspired 160,000 women to play the sport.
The national governing body says a survey, carried out by YouGov on its behalf, shows that the significant number of adult women were driven to ‘start playing netball, or more netball,’ thanks to the tournament, while over 6m people in Britain say they, ‘followed or attended’ England games at the World Cup.
England Netball Chief Executive Joanna Adams will leave the body later this year to become the first Chief Commercial Officer at the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).
Adams has spent almost 10 years at England Netball, first joining as Commercial Director before serving as Chief Executive for four and a half years. During her time with the body, Adams has overseen record growth in England Netball’s participation programmes, sponsorship deals and ticket revenues.
Playfinder has announced that it saw a 39.47% week-on-week increase in new netball users during the recent Netball World Cup in Liverpool.
Playfinder allows UK-based sports fans to find and book facilities online and the success of the Netball World Cup has already prompted people to try out the sport for themselves.
England finished third at the World Cup, with New Zealand having beaten Australia in the final to claim its fifth title. The World Cup ran from July 12th-21st at Liverpool's M&S Bank Arena.
England Netball has hosted a Parliamentary Netball Day at Victoria Tower Gardens in London ahead of this summer’s World Cup, which runs in Liverpool from 12th-21st July.
The event was attended by MPs from Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand, who tested their skills on a pop-up court in London. The day was set up as part of England Netball’s ‘Biggest Summer of Netball’ campaign, which seeks to empower and inspire women and girls to get active and try out netball.
Sky Sports has teamed up with some of the UK’s most talented athletes, to produce a trick-shot video that celebrates the skill and athleticism of women’s sport.
The video features high profile athletes, including international netball star Rachel Dunn, England cricketer Amy Jones, golf pro Annabel Dimmock, football freestyler Harriet Pavlou and netballer Ama Agbeze. Appearances from Sky Sports’ Jonny Nelson, GB snowboarder Aimee Fuller, as well as presenters Natalie Pinkham and Rachel Brookes are also included.
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