Budding sporting stars come together for netball celebration
Around 300 children from across Merseyside and the North West are set to come together for a special netball event ahead of this year’s Vitality Netball World Cup.
The Vitality Netball World Cup Legacy’s North West School Tournament, which is sponsored by Liverpool ONE, takes place on Thursday 13 June and will unite pupils from across the area as each school represents the different countries competing in this year’s main event.
Over 30 schools will compete in the tournament at Liverpool Tennis Centre, Wavertree Sports Park, with the winning teams being recognised as the Netball Legacy World Cup Winners for their age groups.
Organised as part of the run-up to the Vitality Netball World Cup, which takes place in Liverpool from 12-21 July, the tournament gives young girls the opportunity to compete in one of the UK’s fastest growing sports for girls.
Louise Moss, Netball Development Officer at England Netball, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be bringing the Vitality Netball World Cup to Liverpool and there’s already an incredible buzz and excitement as it draws closer.
“The school tournament is a fantastic opportunity for local pupils to get involved, be a part of the run-up and develop their talents on the netball court. We’ve had a great response from Merseyside schools – and beyond – signing up and we’re now raring to go with the tournament! As a team sport, netball can help young girls develop their confidence and build many transferable skills that can be applied in various fields.
“And, the legacy of having the Netball World Cup in Liverpool starts with offering new opportunities, such as this school tournament, to youngsters. We’re grateful to Liverpool ONE for funding this opportunity for so many youngsters to get involved.”
The event, which will be split into four age categories for girls and boys in schools years five to eight, will kick-start an exciting summer for the region as Liverpool ONE prepares for its Summer of Champions events programme, offering free family fun to visitors this summer. The initiative starts immediately after Liverpool ONE plays host to the official Vitality Netball World Cup Fan Park between 12-21 July.
Set up on Chavasse Park, the Fan Park will give visitors the chance to cheer on their team with live televised matches and a whole host of entertainment throughout the tournament.
Donna Howitt, Marketing Director at Liverpool ONE, said: “Our Summer of Champions schedule of events is all about encouraging everyone, regardless of age or ability, to get active, so we’re thrilled to be supporting the Vitality Netball World Cup Merseyside School Tournament.
“We have so much young sporting talent right here in Merseyside, so it’s an amazing opportunity for schools to come together, enjoy a whole day of netball and, of course, compete for the winning title!”