England Netball is delighted to announce a new four-year deal has been signed with Sky Sports to broadcast 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.
Sky Sports Mix broadcasts a range of different sports to excite and engage the whole family and is available to every Sky TV customer at no extra cost.
The new channel means that more viewers will be able to tune in to support the England Roses and catch all of the action from the Vitality Netball Superleague.
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.”
Under the new deal, 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.
Beginning on 29 November at a sold-out Copper Box Arena, the series then moves to a new venue in Manchester on 2 December, before reaching its conclusion on 4 December in Coventry.
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.”
The four-year agreement builds on the previous success of Sky’s coverage of the Vitality Netball Superleague, in which fans watched Surrey Storm lift the trophy last season in dramatic fashion.
Viewers can 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. Sky’s coverage begins on 18 February.
In addition to international and Superleague netball, Sky Sports will broadcast every game from the yearly Quad Series.
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
17.15: 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
Thursday 2 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: Team Northumbria v Wasps Netball
18.00: Surrey Storm v Manchester Thunder
20.00: Hertfordshire Mavericks v Team Bath
You can watch England in action alongside Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as part of the Netball Quad Series. Book your tickets now!