Netball has not been far from the spotlight over the last two months. It started with the Sport Coach UK making a Lifetime Achievement to Sheila Perks MBE for her outstanding services to netball; recorded a 34% increase in participation the game [since 2009] and receiving confirmation that Sport England will invest £25.3m in Netball over the next four years in December; and finishing with an exciting and historic white wash of the Australian Diamonds.
The tributes and media interest in and coverage of the sport during this time have been phenomenal and unprecedented for the sport. News of our success reached as high as Government and The Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, Maria Miller, took time out of her busy schedule to write to Anna Mayes to congratulate her and the team for their `fantastic series victory` over Australia” She added “star players, such as Pamela Cookey are widely recognised as outstanding athletes and excellent role models but I was terrifically impressed with the team as a whole.”
The Secretary of State is currently championing women`s sport to both increase participation and inspire the next generation of athletes and concluded her letter by inviting Anna and some of the team to meet with her to discuss “how we can perpetuate the brilliant work that has seen an increased number of women playing netball in recent years and how that might be implemented across other sports.”
Paul Clark, Chief Executive of England Netball says “I am delighted that the vision, passion and dedication of the staff and volunteer team is being translated into positive results and recognised at the highest level. I thank you all for your significant contribution to the success of the sport. Long may it continue.”