The countdown is well and truly on! As of Wednesday 12th July 2017, we hit the two years to go mark ahead of the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool!
With the official website now up and running, we are inviting the whole netball family to register their interest with us to stay ahead of the ball when it comes to news on volunteering, tickets and tournament information.
A third World Cup for the host nation will see the trophy taken to a new host city having previously visited Eastbourne and Birmingham.
It will be a special moment for England and their coach Tracey Neville. Having hosted the first ever inception of the tournament in 1963, the World Cup returned in 1995 just as Neville was starting to breakthrough onto the international stage but it came too soon for her to be involved on court.
The England Head Coach was raised in Manchester, a relative shoulder pass away from the World Cup venue in Liverpool, and she can’t wait for the North-West of the country to welcome the world for the first time.
Neville said: “There is still plenty of netball to be played in the coming two years but today’s milestone is really raising the excitement of fans all across England.
“This area of the country is such a joyous, proud and culturally rich location. The Roses can’t wait to be part of this celebration as the World Cup returns to its historical home.
“It will also be fascinating to see which young stars currently competing in the World Youth Netball Cup in Botswana will make a name for themselves and potentially clinch a place in the squads competing in Liverpool!”
Liverpool’s Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “Liverpool has an incredible track record when it comes to hosting major, high-quality events and the 2019 Netball World Cup will be no exception.
“There is a real passion for sporting activity in this city, so to be the host of the biggest competition in netball is an honour.
“With two years to go, we’re committed to raising the profile of netball within the city – encouraging people to take up the sport and support the athletes, so when we’re on a global platform in 2019, we can ensure we do the city, and the sport, proud.”
Bob Prattey, chief executive of The ACC Liverpool Group, home to BT Convention Centre, Echo Arena and Exhibition Centre Liverpool, said: “We are pleased to be the first ever venue to host the Netball World Cup all on one site thanks to our interlinked arena, convention and exhibition centre and four-star hotel, Pullman Liverpool. We expect enthusiastic crowds who will create a fantastic buzz across the city.
“Liverpool has a rich sporting heritage and the Netball World Cup will continue to put us on the world map for hosting successful high profile global events. We look forward to continuing to work with all organisations involved over the next two years to ensure the city delivers a seamless experience in 2019 for this flagship international tournament.”
You can sign up for the latest information and news regarding the 2019 World Cup by registering to join our club and receive information through our official ‘2019 World Cupdate’.