Today marks 100 days to go until the Vitality Netball World Cup lands in Liverpool. To celebrate this exciting milestone, 100 schoolgirls were invited to take part in an ‘100 Days, 100 Girls, 100 Goals’ netball event at MediaCity in Manchester, home to World Cup broadcaster BBC.
The Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 trophy was brought to Salford and over 100 pupils from Loreto Grammar School, Manchester High School for Girls, St Bede’s College, and St Patrick’s RC High School gathered on the MediaCity piazza where a pop-up court was erected and netball activities were held.
The schoolgirls were also invited to write down their life goals which will then be used in a display at the World Cup in Liverpool.
England Head Coach, Tracey Neville and players Jodie Gibson and Eleanor Cardwell joined Northern Ireland Head Coach Dan Ryan, and Scotland captain Claire Maxwell, to celebrate the major milestone in the World Cup countdown.
Scottish Thistles international and captain Claire Maxwell said: “With 100 days to go now, the excitement is really starting to build ahead of this July, and speaking to Tracey [Neville], Jodie [Gibson], Eleanor [Cardwell] and Dan [Ryan] I know our fellow Home Nations are raring to go too.”
The Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 will celebrate the sport’s ability to empower women and girls throughout the world.
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.”
From teams announcing their squads and revealing their kit designs, to watching what our friendly mascot, Jude does next, there is so much to look forward to over the coming 100 days.
Over 88,000 spectators have bought tickets so far, and we can’t wait to see the support for our teams in July.