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Elite Netball Academy partners with UCLan

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has officially partnered with Elite Netball Academy to develop its performance team and scholarship recruitment.

Netball is a focal sport for UCLan and, led by Head Coach Anna Carter, Elite Netball Academy will seek to elevate the standard...

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New Head Coach for the Future Red Roses

England Netball has announced the appointment of Kathryn Ratnapala as coach of the Future Red Roses.

A vastly experienced coach, Kathryn was a major figure in the development of the Vitality Netball Superleague and the Vitality Roses programme. Her impressive CV includes spells as Assistant Coach and Technical Coach to the Vitality Roses, and she also led the team in a 2020 tour of...

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A season of Thunder and triumph

When the Arsenal football team were crowned ‘Invincibles’ for their unbeaten season in 2003-04, it was an achievement considered almost impossible to emulate, in any sport.

Manchester Thunder obviously missed that false punditry, as they completed an incredible unbeaten season in the Netball Superleaguie with a thrilling 60-53 defeat of last year’s champions, Loughboorough Lightening...

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Vitality Roses name squad for 2021-22 international season

The Vitality Roses have selected 24 players for the 2021-22 international season, building up to the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham where the side will be defending their historic gold medal from the last Games.

Of the 24 players selected, 17 are UK–based athletes playing their domestic netball at Vitality Netball Superleague clubs. The remaining seven players currently play...

netball, women's sport, Superleague

Scholes makes Manchester debut in Thunder victory

Seventeen years after her father Paul first played for Manchester United, Alicia Scholes made her Manchester Thunder debut in a 60-27 win against Severn Stars in the Vitality Superleague.

The 19-year-old was one of a number of young players who impressed as Thunder hit top spot with a third consecutive victory.

"Our youngsters are really stepping up for us," said head coach...

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England secure clean sweep in Legends Series against the Superleague All Stars

The Vitality Roses ran out 55-43 winners against the Superleague All Stars in the third and final match of the Legends Series for a 3-0 clean sweep.

Having been hastily assembled following the cancellation of Jamaica's tour of England, the All Stars side put in arguably their best performance of the series in the final game. Desptite trailing 21-26 at half-time, the All Stars won the...

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Vitality Roses beat Superleague All Stars in opening Legends Series fixture

England beat an international All Stars side drawn from the Vitality Superleague 70-54 in the opening match of the Legends Series.

The Roses were due to play Jamaica but plans had to be changed due to the current travel ban and lockdown measures.

"What a great game," Roses head coach Jess Thirlby told Sky Sports. "We knew we were going to be pushed and I think within the...

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Netball awarded vital funding as part of Sports Winter Survival Package

Netball has benefited from a £4 million cash injection from the government as part of a wider support package for elite sport to help get through the current coronavirus crisis.

The money, provided in the form of grants and long-term, low-interest loans, will be split equally between England Netball and Superleague Netball.

In total, the government has earmarked £300 million...

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Vitality Roses fall to the Silver Ferns in the series opener in New Zealand

England lost 58-45 in the opening match of the Cadbury Netball Series against the Silver Ferns in Hamilton.

Having not played since January, the Vitality Roses looked rusty and found themselves with a eight-point deficit just 10 minutes into the match.

Kadeen Corbin produced a score to make it 15-10 at the end of the first quarter but there was little the Roses could do...

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Guthrie and Malcolm named co-captains for New Zealand series

Serena Guthrie has returned from her international sabatical to be named co-captain alongside Laura Malcolm for the Vitality Roses' series against New Zealand.

Guthrie, a Commonwealth gold medal-winner, took a break following last year's World Cup. Fran Williams will take on vice-captaincy duties.

"Serena and Laura are well respected members of the team," said coach Jess...

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Vitality Roses coach to miss New Zealand tour due to positive COVID test

England Netball coach Jess Thirlby will be forced to supervise the squad remotely for their tour of New Zealand after testing positive for coronavirus. Thirlby will not travel with the Vitality Roses so Kat Ratnapala will be in charge on the ground instead.

The 16 players and remaining staff have all received two negative tests and have been cleared to travel, although they will...