Last week, England Netball unveiled a new 10-year 'Adventure Strategy' that sees the governing body for netball in England share its purpose-led ambition for the game, to build on the momentum the sport has seen in recent years and take it to new heights for the decade ahead. Fran Connolly, CEO of England Netball, writes below the significance of the strategy and how it will lead a movement to impact lives on and beyond the court.
England Netball has unveiled a new 10-year 'Adventure Strategy' that sees the governing body for netball in England share its purpose-led ambition for the game, to build on the momentum the sport has seen in recent years and take it to new heights for the decade ahead.
The 'Adventure Strategy' outlines the intention to accelerate the development and growth of the game at every level from grassroots to the elite, elevating the visibility of the sport and leading a movement to impact lives on and beyond the court.
England Netball has announced a three-year extension to its official partnership with Nike.
The partnership, which commenced in 2018, will see Nike continue to supply the Vitality Roses, the Roses Academy and England Netball’s Performance team with training and performance apparel, featuring the latest innovation and on-court functionality.
England Netball has been given the green light to move through its return to play roadmap.
The governing body for netball in England says it will accelerate its return through a modified version of the game, and will allow modified training and local club friendlies to take place for groups of up to 30 people per court, though this will be subject to the organisations hosting matches having risk mitigations in place.
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.