Following the continued growth of the sport across both the UK and the World, England Netball have signed a new four-year deal with Sky Sports to broadcast the Vitality Netball International Series and Vitality Netball Superleague fixtures.
Every netball match shown on Sky this season will be available on Sky Sports Mix, beginning with England's series against Jamaica later this month. With a focus on sports not previously covered on television, Sky Sports Mix is a new channel launched in August 2016, with the fundamental aim of bringing the magic of live sport to millions more Sky TV customers, at no extra cost.
England Netball Chief Executive Officer, Joanna Adams said: “We are delighted to continue this fantastic partnership with Sky Sports.
“With women’s sport demanding more and more attention from the media, we are thrilled to continue leading the way as we enter an unprecedented 11th year of live games with Sky. This new deal will see netball broadcast to the nation all the way up to 2020 with the Vitality Netball Superleague and England Roses taking centre stage. This coverage will help to cement the continuing increase in netball’s participation figures.”
Barney Francis, Sky Sports Managing Director, commented: “Sky Sports is getting behind netball like never before. Over the past few years netball has been a huge hit with our viewers and it is fantastic that more people than ever before will be able to watch it on Mix. Sky is an unrivalled supporter of women in sport and we really recognise what an important time this is for women’s sport.”
The new deal is yet another example of just how much the sport has progressed in recent years, and further establishes netball as one of women's leading sports. Sky Sports will show all home England international matches. Live coverage of the England Roses will begin in November with the eagerly anticipated series against Jamaica tomorrow evening, in front of a sold-out Copper Box Arena at the former Olympic site in East London.
England Roses Head Coach, Tracey Neville added “It is a wonderful time to be involved with netball in this country at the moment.
“The England team have now entered a full-time programme, the World Cup comes to Liverpool in 2019 and netball fans can now watch us throughout the year thanks to Sky Sports. Having the support of such an influential broadcast partner is invaluable to the squad. Over the last few years our players have seen the positive impact of having England matches shown on Sky, they are really embracing becoming inspirational role models.”
Having previously agreed a deal with Sky to cover the Vitality Netball Superleague, viewers can now look forward to following their local team in the Superleague with matches being shown regularly throughout the season, alongside exclusive coverage of the semi-finals and Grand Final, with coverage begininng on 18 February. In addition to international and Superleague netball, Sky Sports will broadcast every game from the yearly Quad Series.
Live Netball on Sky Sports
England v Jamaica – Vitality Netball International Series
Tuesday 29 November
19.30: Live 1st Test Series - The Copper Box Arena, London
Friday 2 December
19.30: Live 2nd Test Series - Belle Vue, Manchester
Sunday 4 December
17.30: Live 3rd Test Series - Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Netball Quad Series – part of the Vitality Netball International Series
Saturday 28 January
Australia v New Zealand
Saturday 28 January
South Africa v England
Tuesday 31 January
South Africa v Australia
Wednesday 1 February
England v New Zealand
Sunday 5 February
England v Australia
Sunday 5 February
New Zealand v South Africa
Vitality Netball Superleague – Super Ten
Saturday 25 February
12.00: Loughborough Lightning v Severn Stars
14.00: Sirens v Celtic Dragons
16.00: Hertfordshire Mavericks v Team Bath
18.00: Surrey Storm v Manchester Thunder
20.00: Team Northumbria v Wasps Netball
For tickets to all netball events, visit Sky Sports.