Some of the top club sides in world netball are set to arrive in Glasgow later this month to take part in the inaugural World Premier Netball Challenge (WPCC) at the stunning new Emirates Arena.
Sides from as far as New Zealand and Australia will do battle with clubs from England, Northern Ireland and Scotland in a bid to be crowned WPCC champions. The WPCC is the first international club tournament to be staged in Scotland and is being hosted by Glasgow Life at the £113million Emirates Arena. The action will get underway at the on Wednesday 28 November and will draw to a close on Sunday 2 December.
Home side the Glasgow Wildcats will take on current ANZ Championship outfits Haier Pulse Invitational (New Zealand) and West Coast Fever (Australia), FIAT Superleague champions Manchester Thunder (England) and runners up Surrey Storm (England), as well as Northern Panthers – the best club players from across Northern Ireland.
Netball will be an integral part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the WPCC will give fans the chance to see the sport up close. Tickets for the WPCC, starting at £4 for children and £6 for adults per match, are available now from www.worldpremierclubchallenge.com or by calling 0141 353 8000. Discounts are offered for multiple match purchases.
Chair of Glasgow Life and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: "The World Premier Club Challenge will see players from some of the top netball leagues in the world go head to head in the new Emirates Arena over five days of top-class competition.
"The Glasgow Wildcats will be the heart of the Scottish national team come the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the WPCC will see them test themselves against some real quality players from across the world. It is the perfect opportunity for fans who missed out on the recent UCI Track World Cup or the forthcoming World Cup Gymnastics to see a Commonwealth sport in action.
"The Emirates Arena is the new home of Scottish sport and I am sure the people of Glasgow will come out for what will be the latest in a long line of international sporting events at the venue."
Glasgow Wildcats head coach, Denise Holland, said: "There has never been a more exciting time for netball in Glasgow and indeed Scotland as we prepare to host a series of world-class events.
“As we look ahead to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games it is vital that our players get as much experience as possible taking on top-quality opposition and the World Premier Club Challenge will allow us to do just that.”
West Coast Fever head coach Norma Plummer said: “This tournament will give some of our younger players a great opportunity to play in an international arena whilst giving us a great chance to fly the Fever banner in Europe.”
Surrey Storm player-coach Tamsin Greenway is looking forward to playing at the Emirates Arena. She said: “Pre-season training has so far been excellent and our new additions are looking promising. This season’s mix of experience and youth will really set us up for long term stability in the squad.”