Details of the 2013 World Youth Netball Championships (WYNC) at Glasgow’s stunning new Emirates Arena were today (Thursday) unveiled by Netball Scotland’s new patron Katherine Grainger CBE.
The 2013 WYNC will take place at the £113 million Emirates Arena between Thursday 22 and Saturday 31 August and will feature some of the best young netball players from across the world. Host nation Scotland will battle it out against 19 other countries in a bid to be crowned the best in the world at under-21 level. Among the nations already confirmed are netball giants New Zealand, England and Australia.
The 10-day event, which is part of UK Sport’s £27million Gold Event Series, is the first world netball event to be staged in Scotland since 1987 and will take place less than a year before the sport takes centre stage at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Organisers are hoping to build on the success of the recent World Premier Club Challenge competition at the Emirates Arena, which was attended by around 2,500 netball fans.
Tickets for the 2013 WYNC, priced from just £3 for children and £6 for adults plus booking fee, are now available from www.worldyouthnetball.com or by telephoning 0141 353 8000. Full championships passes, costing £50 are also available.
New Netball Scotland Patron, Katherine Grainger CBE, who is Britain’s most successful female rower having won a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games to add to three previous Olympic silver medals and six world championship titles, is a keen supporter of netball and is looking forward to the WYNC taking place in her home city.
Katherine said: “For many young players this summer’s World Youth Netball Championships will be the first step on a long and successful career in the game and it is fantastic they will be doing that in Glasgow. The event will bring together the best young players in the world for what will be 10 days of genuinely world-class action.
“I really enjoyed playing netball during my school years. It is a fantastic way of getting more active and I am delighted to be able to give something back in my new role as Patron of Netball Scotland. I can’t wait to see the action at the Emirates Arena later this year.”
Scotland under-21 star Lynsey Gallagher said: “It is a very exciting time for netball in Scotland with so many different netball events being showcased on home soil in the coming months, kicking off with the World Youth Netball Championships in August. It is not everyday that we get the chance to compete at such a high level at this age group and the fact we will be competing at home in Glasgow makes it even that more special.
“We have all been working exceptionally hard in preparation for the championships and competition for a place within the squad is fierce. It means so much to every one of us to make the final cut and you can really see that during training. It is always an honour being able to pull on the Scotland dress and represent your country in the sport you love - for me the championships can't come quick enough.”
The 2013 WYNC is being delivered in partnership between Glasgow Life on behalf of Glasgow City Council and Netball Scotland with funding support from EventScotland and UK Sport.
Chair of Glasgow Life and the Executive Member of the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “We are looking forward to what promises to be another summer of breathtaking sport in Glasgow and the World Youth Netball Championships will be right at the heart of it.
“Netball is of course part of the programme for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. As we look ahead to the Games it will be a fantastic opportunity for our young players to test themselves against some of the best players in the world. This summer will also give people the chance to sample what they can expect from a world-class netball event.”
Chair of Netball Scotland, Freda Hutchison, said: “The World Youth Netball Championships will help inspire the next generation of netball players. We want to encourage and motivate women and girls of all ages to get involved in netball and hosting world-class events such as this will help us do that.
“Katherine is the perfect role model for Scottish girls and women wishing to get active and take part in a sport - either as an athlete, or as a supporter or volunteer - and we are delighted she has agreed to be the our Patron. She is truly an inspirational figure.”
Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland, Paul Bush OBE, said: “The World Youth Netball Championships will see some of the world’s top young athletes come to the Emirates Arena in August. The event will capture the imagination of young people, and will help to promote the sport of netball to the next generation of fans and participants.
“Glasgow is of course a candidate city for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, and the World Youth Netball Championships will also provide an opportunity for young people, not just in Scotland and the UK, but throughout the world to be champions in their lives.”
UK Sport, Director of Major Events, Simon Morton said: “Our investment in this championship through our National Lottery funded Gold Event Series demonstrates our commitment to building towards, and planning the legacy beyond, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“Hosting this international event in one of the fantastic venues of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Emirates Arena, adds profile and prestige to the championship and will also help to expand the ever growing pool of experienced and dedicated officials and volunteers now within the city.
“UK Sport aims to nurture the enthusiasm of the British public through this event by continuing to provide a “Stage to Inspire” and encouraging participation in sport by giving people the opportunity to see world class sport live in venues close to their homes.”