With just two years to go until the Netball World Cup gets underway, the most promising youngsters from across the globe have made their way to Gaborone, Botswana to take part in the U21 version of the tournament.
Twenty nations from five regions are competing over nine days to crown the Netball World Youth Cup champions, with New Zealand looking to retain the title they won in Scotland four years ago. It is also a momentous occasion for African netball as this is the first ever International Netball Federation (INF) tournament to be held in the continent!
The draw for the competition has pitted host nation Botswana against some illustrious opponents in the form of Jamaica and fellow African challengers, Uganda. Cook Islands and Malaysia complete Pool C. With four wins to their name, Australia are historically the most successful team in the competition and they head up Pool B along with South Africa, Barbados, Singapore and Zimbabwe. New Zealand are the headline act in Pool A where they will face Samoa, Sri Lanka and the British pairing of Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Completing the line-up in Pool D are England, Fiji, Trinidad & Tobago, Wales and Grenada.
Once this initial Pool stage is complete, the teams will be placed into groups dependent on where they finish in their respective Pool. The tournament gets underway on Saturday 8th July with the Final to be played on the afternoon of Sunday 16th July.
For a full list of results, fixtures and the remaining schedule for the 2017 Netball World Youth Cup, head the event website www.nwyc2017.com
The 2017 Netball World Youth Cup will be live streamed throughout the competition on the official NWYC YouTube, Facebook and Twitter pages or on the INF YouTube site.
The stars of the future will be on show in Gaborone later this month, with many of them hoping to force their way onto the main stage at Liverpool 2019!