Wasps create Wasps Netball for Vitality Netball Superleague
In a ground-breaking move in English sport, Wasps have created a netball team which will compete in the expanded Vitality Netball Superleague next year.
The Vitality Netball Superleague, which kicks off in February 2017, and will consist of 10 teams, seven of which competed in the 2016 league, bolstered by three newcomers in Wasps, Severn Stars and Scottish Sirens.
Wasps will hold a press conference at 11am on Wednesday 29 June at the Ricoh Arena to outline their plans for Wasps Netball and to unveil their new Director of Netball.
England Netball Chief Executive Officer, Joanna Adams said: “We are thrilled to announce the new line-up for the 2017 Vitality Netball Superleague. Each team submitted an exceptional proposal which we are certain will make for an incredibly exciting season.
“The Superleague has continued to grow in popularity since its launch in 2005 and with record attendances and ticket sales last year, we were keen to make a bold move in growing the number of teams and the aspirations of all involved. We feel this line-up really achieves this.
“In a ground-breaking move for England Netball and English sport, we are delighted to welcome the iconic sporting brand Wasps in to the league. We are sure they will be as keen to be competitive in their first season, as they always have been in rugby and we are sure that the other teams will relish the challenge.
“It is good news for the Severn region, as their team the Severn Stars will make their Superleague bow in 2017. Fans north of the border are able to celebrate having the best domestic action return to Glasgow from next season, with a newly formed team, the Scottish Sirens.”
Neville Koopowitz, CEO at Vitality, title sponsor of the Vitality Netball Superleague, comments: “We believe in the power of sport to help inspire people to live a healthy life, which is why we are delighted to support England Netball for the 2017 Vitality Netball Superleague. It’s great to see England Netball go from strength to strength and, with the addition of three new teams, this season promises to be the most exciting and competitive yet.”
The ten teams invited to take part in the 2017 Vitality Netball Superleague are as follows;
Celtic Dragons, Hertfordshire Mavericks, Loughborough Lightning, Manchester Thunder, Scottish Sirens, Severn Stars, Surrey Storm, Team Bath, Team Northumbria, Wasps Netball