Wasps Netball have announced the University of Warwick as its official training base for the 2017 Vitality Netball Superleague season.
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The brand new team, only formed last June, will be using the University of Warwick’s Warwick Sport facilities multiple times a week throughout their first ever campaign in UK netball’s top flight, which begins on 21 February away to Sirens in Glasgow.
The university will host some of the country’s top netballers – including last season’s top scorer Rachel Dunn and former Vitality Netball Superleague player of the year and England international Natalie Haythonthwaite.
Tamsin Greenway, Wasps Director of Netball, said: “We have been training at the University of Warwick’s Warwick Sport facilities throughout our pre-season and it’s been the perfect base for us.
“The facilities made available for us here are some of the best in the region, and training here will go a long way to helping our team fulfil its potential and be at the top of our game when the Superleague season starts.
“We have already won a couple of games against the England Under 21s, the Mike Greenwood Trophy and most recently West Midlands rivals Severn Stars in pre-season, and it’s really important that we develop that winning feeling early on and carry that through for when it really counts.”
Wasps Netball’s first league game at the Ricoh Arena is on Sunday, 5 March against Hertfordshire Mavericks (centre-pass 6pm), but before that they must overcome two competitive away fixtures against Sirens and then Team Northumbria on 25 February.
Lisa Dodd-Mayne, Director of Sport & Active Communities at the University of Warwick said: “We’re delighted to have elite women’s sport playing on our campus, and is further recognition of the great facilities that we have.
“This is also a great opportunity for some of our students who are looking to pursue careers in elite sport to build closer links with Wasps Netball, and we look forward to working more closely with them over the coming months.”
Tickets for Wasps Netball’s first home league game versus Hertfordshire Mavericks are available at www.eticketing.co.uk/waspsnetball starting from £10 for adults while under-10s go free, with group booking at student discounts also available.
For more information about Wasps Netball and upcoming fixtures visit http://www.waspsnetball.co.uk/