After staging the Netball World Cup the sport is a growing in the Merseyside region, good job too as a leading figure in the game is from Merseyside.

The CEO of World Netball, Clare Briegal, who is on the Board of Sport Liverpool and told Merseysport Live: “Hosting the 2019 world cup in Liverpool really meant that England netball can drive out their participation programs which saw a huge increase in the number of members.”

The 2019 Netball World Cup brought in a new audience around Liverpool and provided a gateway for girls especially to experience a new challenge in a football mad city.

The increasing popularity of netball has provided the chance for Merseysiders to get involved. Last year 55 teams competed in 5 different leagues, right down the pyramid, even 5 year olds can have a go.

Briegal believes the upsurge in women’s football can only help netball. “The growth of  women’s football is normalizing women’s sport being shown on television and being talked about much more, increasing the number of girls getting involved in sport across Merseyside and the rest of England.”

Since the 2019 Netball World Cup Liverpool hosted Eurovision 2023. Everton’s new stadium, Bramley Moore Docks, will be a venue for the 2028 Euro’s. “The people of Liverpool are great hosts as it’s a very international city that is welcoming from around the world so it’s the perfect place to bring events in and that then drives tourism and economic benefit as well as social benefit.”

The Sport Liverpool board are keen to continue bidding for world events.