Last week saw the Vitality Netball World Cup mark 100 days to go until the Vitality Netball World Cup lands in Liverpool. A whole host of international netball stars and over 100 school pupils gathered to mark the momentous milestone at a ‘100 Days, 100 Girls, 100 Goals’ event held in Manchester.

Held in Liverpool from 12 – 21 July, the World Cup will see 16 nations compete. The countdown was celebrated in the host country with the UK’s qualifying Home Nations represented: England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

England Netball Head Coach Tracey Neville and international England Roses players Jodie Gibson and Eleanor Cardwell were in attendance, along with Scottish Thistles captain Claire Maxwell and Northern Ireland Head Coach Dan Ryan.

As the official trophy was brought to Salford, over 100 pupils from local schools gathered on the MediaCity Piazza where a pop-up court was erected and netball activities were held.

 

 

Jodie Gibson, coach Tracey Neville and Ellie Cardwell are preparing for the Vitality Netball World Cup

 

The Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 will celebrate the sport’s elite players and empowerment of women and girls throughout the world. At the 100 days countdown event 100 girls, along with netball stars and TV presenters shared their life goals, which will be showcased at the World Cup event this July.

Event Director Lindsay Impett said: “It’s fantastic to see such a huge buzz around our 100 days to go milestone event as we count down towards the World Cup tournament. With so many young girls and netball stars involved in sharing their goals it just shows how empowering and positive this sport is for women and girls everywhere. We’re really looking forward to welcoming the world to Liverpool this July.”

England Netball Head Coach Tracey Neville added: “The passion of these young netballers is so great to see! With 100 days to go now the excitement is really starting to build ahead of this July, and speaking to Claire [Maxwell] and Dan [Ryan] I know our fellow Home Nations are raring to go too.”

 

 

 

 

Trinidad and Tobago’s Samantha Wallace is currently playing in Australia for the Suncorp Super Netball league. With 100 days to go, she spoke about her team’s goals: “We are not going all the way to World Cup to lose, so we will put our best foot forwards as we are representing our country and ourselves. We want to be competitive, we know we don’t have as much experience as some countries and players, but we will do our best.”

 

 

Samantha Wallace (Trinidad & Tobago) playing for her club side NSW Swifts. Photo: Simon Leonard, courtesy of Netball Scoop

 

 

The Vitality Netball World Cup is the world’s most prestigious netball competition and takes place from 12-21 July 2019 at the M&S Bank Arena Liverpool. The tournament will feature the top 16 teams in the world, including the England Roses, at an exciting time of unprecedented growth for women’s sport and netball in the UK.

Tickets for the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 are now on sale here.

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