The BBC has agreed a deal with World Netball to broadcast matches from the Netball World Cup 2023 which takes place in Cape Town, South Africa this summer.
With the tournament running from 28 July to 6 August, the deal means that BBC television will have live coverage of matches from Monday 31 July up to and including the final across BBC Television, iPlayer, Sounds and the BBC Sport website.
BBC Radio 5 Live will have coverage of key matches, with commentary of selected games on 5 Live and 5 Sports Extra, including opening weekend fixtures, England vs. Malawi and England vs. Scotland.
Earlier this year, it was confirmed that UK viewers would also be able to watch the competition live on Sky Sports, with all of the games to be shown live across Sky Sports channels, with one match per day available to all on Sky Sports YouTube.
Fran Connolly, CEO of England Netball commented: “To have both the BBC and Sky now confirmed as broadcasters for the Netball World Cup is really exciting and I’m delighted for all our Vitality Roses fans who won’t miss a moment of the event.
“Through their combined coverage of the World Cup, we will be able to reach all corners of the country, sharing all the must-see moments from South Africa whilst captivating and inspiring audiences back home.
“I for one cannot wait to see our Roses walk out onto such a truly grand stage, and we are very much poised to fully embrace this moment in the spotlight for our sport.”
Barbara Slater, Director at BBC Sport said: “We are delighted to be showcasing the Netball World Cup 2023 free to air across the BBC. As a big supporter of women’s sport, we want to bring it to the widest audience possible. With great home nation representation, we’re hoping for plenty of drama and memorable matches.”
World Netball CEO Clare Briegal added: “It is very exciting to be announcing that the BBC will be showing all the action, from day four onwards, of the Netball World Cup 2023.
“We have no doubt that this will be a world-class thrilling event, and we can’t wait to see and hear the fantastic coverage across the BBC. Thank you to the BBC for their continued support.”
The Vitality Roses are about to fly out to South Africa for their final preparation camp before the start of the tournament.
Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Roses legends’ Serena Kersten and Jo Harten will join Jess Thirlby’s staff as Leadership and Culture Coach, and Support Coach respectively.
For more information about the Netball World Cup, visit their website.