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A fun day at the local sports centre with her two sisters kickstarted Natalie Metcalf’s (née Haythornthwaite) netball journey.
A whole family affair, some of Metcalf’s earliest memories of the sport are of watching her mum play, and later, her, her mum and her two sisters even played all together in the same team.
“When I was 10 and had just started playing netball, my mum took me to an England game at Manchester Arena. I fell in love with it straightaway and ever since then I wanted to play for England.”
After years of hard work and honing her skills, Metcalf made her senior international debut for the Vitality Roses against Trinidad and Tobago in 2015. Since then, she has competed on the biggest stages and against the best sides in the world.
She has won medals at Europe Netball Championships, the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 and 2018 Commonwealth Games, where she helped England win their historic first gold medal at a major international competition.
As well as her international accolades, Metcalf has enjoyed domestic success in both England and Australia, playing for Leeds Carnegie, Yorkshire Jets, Manchester Thunder, Wasps and New South Wales Swifts (3 x Netball Super League titles and 2 x Suncorp Super Netball titles).
Sky Sports will be showing every game of the Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 live from Cape Town, South Africa with the full broadcast schedule for UK viewers to be shared in due course. Before then, you can watch the end of the 2023 Netball Super League season.
Major International Honours
Named Team England captain for Birmingham 2022
50th international cap
Bronze - Netball World Cup, Liverpool, England
Gold - Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia
Vitality Roses debut vs. Trinidad & Tobago
6 May 2015