The Vitality Roses team have come together for a sports bra fitting ahead of this summer’s World Cup.
This is the first time a fitting like this has taken place with the whole team and acknowledges the importance of breast health and having the right fitting sports bras for elite athletes.
Held during the second week of the team’s preparation camp before the group fly out to South Africa, each of the players saw an expert fitter from the Research Group in Breast Health from the University of Portsmouth, brought in by the team’s Official Partner and Kit provider Nike.
This is the first time the whole team have been fitted as a group ahead of a major tournament and each of them spent time talking about the importance of being fitted, how this can impact performance and the considerations when it comes to getting the right fit.
They were then expertly measured and received a couple of sports bras to try during their training sessions.
According to research from The Well HQ a well-fitted sports bra can improve performance by 4%.
Vitality Roses co-captain Nat Metcalf commented: “It’s been really useful to have this education and learn about what is the right sort of sports bra for me.
“They [the experts] gave lots of advice on which type of sports bra we should wear, depending on our boob size, which I thought was really helpful.
“We want to go into a game feeling really confident in the product that we’re wearing. For me, it’s just as important, if not more important, than the rest of the kit.”
Roses teammate Eleanor Cardwell, currently in Australia, has been vocal on social media about the importance of sports bras and has generated over 600,000 views across Instagram and TikTok speaking about the issue:
“It’s fantastic that the whole team are getting fitted,” Cardwell added. “I remember doing this a few years ago and was surprised by how much I learnt.
“When I was growing up there wasn’t a lot of education around about this and it wasn’t something that people would talk about. But now there’s a lot more happening in this space and it’s great that we can be more open about this topic.
“Over the last year I have received so many wonderful messages from young girls and parents who say they feel empowered after hearing me speak about sports bras. If I can help more people feel comfortable playing sport, then that’s amazing.”
A group of young members from the netball community, aged 14-18, were also invited into the Roses training camp to receive a fitting as England Netball and Nike look to gather further insight to help prevent this from being a barrier for young girls in the future.
The sports bra fitting complemented the work that England Netball are rolling out as part of the NETBALLHer programme which was launched earlier this year to better educate women and girls at all levels of sport about their bodies across the different life stages.
Kelly Gordon, Executive Lead for NETBALLHer commented: “As a female focussed sport, we want to ensure that all women and girls can thrive and remove barriers that stop them from taking part in netball.
“Over 80% of teens reported that breast issues were a barrier to them doing exercise and this shouldn’t be the case.
“By bringing together the Roses and members of the Netball Family, we hope to encourage more women and girls to find the right sports bra fit for their bodies so that they can enjoy the multiple benefits that netball provides.
“We have lots of useful content on the NETBALLHer website where people can learn about how to find the right style that suits them and how to be measured correctly.”
To learn more about sports bras and the importance of breast health, visit netballher.co.uk