After an exciting summer of World Cup Netball in Liverpool that saw our PwC Warriors compete against the best in the World, Netball NI has seen a substantial increase in our profile and demand for our sport.
We are thrilled to announce the excitement of the World Cup is set to continue as we launch our World Cup Legacy Programme, made possible by funding from the Department for Communities.
Competing in a ‘home’ Netball World Cup was an incredible experience and Netball NI are delighted that we can build on the exposure our sport and our team received. We want to support every woman and girl in Northern Ireland who wants to play and enjoy netball and we want to do it in a professional and sustainable manner.
The Department for Communities share our passion and have provided funding to allow us to; build capacity of our clubs and within our pathway, educate coaches on the specific area of strength and conditioning and continue to build on the work of our Schools Officer by developing a skilled workforce in our schools to support and feed into our clubs and pathway.
Geoff Wilson, Chair of Netball NI
‘Qualifying to compete in the Netball World Cup was a huge success for us and we saw first hand the feel good factor this brought to our wider membership as they travelled in droves to support our Warriors in Liverpool. Matches being live on TV and our athletes taking part in multiple open events in the build up to the competition only increased the excitement around the squad and the sport. Netball NI have been determined since qualifying that we wanted to capture and build on this excitement and increased interest in netball. Thanks to the Department for Communities, we are now in position to make a significant impact at all levels as we look to build and upskill our workforce across schools, clubs and performance pathway.’
Karen Rollo, Executive Manager, Netball NI
‘I am delighted that we have been supported by the Department for Communities with our World Cup Legacy Programme, our Warriors squad have achieved huge success over the last number of years and have given everyone involved in Netball in Northern Ireland so much to get excited about. We recognise they have done this through a lot of hard work by themselves and the support staff around them, including their club and school coaches so we want to make sure we are supporting all our members, those who play recreational netball and also looking ahead and developing our skilled workforce to allow us to continue to have successful Warrior squads in the years to come. Our athletes are role models for many women and girls and by delivering on the objectives of our World Cup Legacy Programme we will ultimately be providing quality, sustainable netball opportunities across the pathway.’
Kathryn Hill, Department for Communities
“The Department for Communities was delighted to follow the progression of the Northern Ireland Women’s Netball Team through the 2019 World Cup Tournament. We are pleased to support Netball NI as it builds on that success and continues to grow netball through its World Cup Legacy Programme. “Increasing female participation across all sports is a key priority for the Department. Key to this is for governing bodies and clubs to be able to offer quality coaching and a great experience to those taking part in sport for enjoyment right up to those with aspiration to perform at the highest levels.”
Netball NI will be rolling out our World Cup Legacy programme over the coming weeks and look forward to seeing our schools and clubs develop