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03 Oct 2019
Netball World Cup inspires the nation – provides participation boost for sport

This year's Netball World Cup, held in Liverpool in July, is already providing a legacy by growing the sport's participation numbers in England.

A survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of England Netball shows that 160,000 adult women who followed the tournament have been inspired to start playing netball.

England Netball also revealed that, following the event, the national governing body has experienced a "1,000 per cent increase" in visits to its online netball session finder.

There has also been 900 new school registrations for England Netball's Bee Netball programme and a 71 per cent of clubs saying they had more people showing an interest in playing than before the tournament.

There has been a surge in followers across England Netball social media channels too, with Instagram seeing a 28 per cent increase in followers throughout the tournament.

The YouGov survey shows that, in total, 6.07 million Brits said they 'followed or attended' the event.

"The Vitality Netball World Cup was an absolute whirlwind and a huge success," said outgoing Netball England CEO Joanna Adams. She added that a record-breaking 112,000 tickets were purchased for the games, with all England games being sell-outs.

"It was the best sold Netball World Cup to date and we had 9,900 people register their interest to volunteer at the tournament, plus extensive press coverage across the 10 days.

"It seemed as though everyone was talking about netball during that time and the buzz around Liverpool was spine-tingling. Whilst the Vitality Roses didn’t get the colour they were gunning for, they truly had the backing of the nation during every game and inspired many to have a go at the sport.

"To see a sea of red and white filling the arena during every England game will be a memory that stays with me forever. To the Netball World Cup team, all the volunteers, athletes, umpires, partners, fans and everyone else who played a part, thank you for making this a phenomenal success and for putting netball in the limelight once again following last year’s gold medal success at the Commonwealth Games."

Commenting on the research, Simon Morton, COO of UK Sport, which invested National Lottery funding into the event, added: "We believe world-class sport has the power to inspire the nation, so it’s wonderful to therefore see the Vitality Netball World Cup have a meaningful positive impact on a significant number of the fans.

"A major part of our strategy, backed by the Government and National Lottery, is to bring more of the world’s most prestigious sports events to the UK. Sport has a unique opportunity to drive positive change, which has been demonstrated in netball, and we will continue to work in partnership to reap the benefits of hosting major events for the nation."


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14 Oct 2019
CIDESCO announces new board appointments at 67th World Congress
CIDESCO International, the standards setter for the global spa and beauty industries, has announced that Sandy Fuhr has been elected as its new president.
11 Oct 2019
Three rising stars named winners of Future Fit Training's Legacy Award
Three health and fitness industry professionals at the beginning of their careers have shared the spoils of a £75,000 achievement award created by Future Fit Training.
10 Oct 2019
Don Quixote, suffragettes and puppets who come to life: Aufguss World Championships get creative
For the first time, a woman has been crowned top aufguss master in the world at the Aufguss World Championships, held last month at the newly built Spa Berendonck in The Netherlands.
04 Oct 2019
New Host Commissions set to play a key role in the awarding of Olympic Games
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has revealed the makeup of its two Future Host Commissions, which are set to play a pivotal role in the awarding of future Olympic Games.
02 Oct 2019
Jessica Ennis-Hill to speak at ukactive Summit
Olympic champion Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill will add a bit of stardust to this year's ukactive Summit.
27 Sep 2019
MET Studio creates immersive, multi-sensual history of Singapore
Experiential designers MET Studio have worked with the Singapore Bicentennial Office to create “an immersive experience charting the area’s occupation through to modern day Singapore.”
23 Sep 2019
More than 2,000 attend the 29th annual ISPA Conference & Expo
A crowd of over 2,200 spa community members came together 11-13 September for the 29th annual ISPA Conference & Expo, which took place at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, US.
23 Sep 2019
Marcel Wanders bemoans the 'stupid dogmas' of modernism
Marcel Wanders has restated his distaste for modernism, arguing there are elements of the “still prevalent” philosophy that are actively unhelpful.
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