England Netball selects 21 players for full-time World Cup programme
With the netball World Cup set to take place in Liverpool next year, England netball has already selected its 21 players that will become part of the full-time squad.
World Cup build-up
The netball World Cup tournament will kick off in Liverpool from 12-21 July, 2019. The world’s top 16 teams will compete, including the England Roses who will play alongside rival teams such as Australia, New Zealand and Jamaica.
According to England Netball this is the first time in a generation that England has had the honour of hosting the World Cup. It was previously held in Birmingham in 1995 and in Eastbourne back in 1963.
The England Roses are no strangers to netball at a competitive level. Eleven of the 12 players making the list won Commonwealth Gold in April. Eleven players have also been named in the England futures programme.
As far as women’s netball goes, England is currently doing pretty well. They enjoy a world ranking of second place, having overtaken New Zealand. With Australia holding the top ranking position, the English team will be keen to knock those from down under off their perch at the World Cup tournament.
With a busy training schedule planned, including netball training drill videos such as those from https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Netball/drills.jsp, the team will have a full-on time during the next 12 months as they prepare to battle for victory.
England players also have a line-up of matches to look forward to in 2018-19. They will play the Quad Series, compete in Melbourne to defend their Fast5 title and play a home series against Uganda. All of these before the World Cup takes place in July next year.
Despite the success of the England Roses, netball at national level is suffering a funding crisis. This could have a detrimental impact on the game going forward. Officials from England Netball’s governing body claim that funding is only sufficient for the full-time athlete programme up until 2019. England Netball was awarded £16.9 million in 2017 from Sport England, with £3 million of these funds designated for the national team.
Twenty-three full-time contracts were awarded to England netball players last season, with 12 of those playing overseas in New Zealand and Australia. For the upcoming season, only six of the 21 team members play in Australia.