Sky Sports will show more live netball than ever before in 2014 thanks to increased coverage of the Netball Superleague and England internationals.
As well as full coverage of the ZEO International Tri-Series in January, Sky Sports will bring netball fans all 14 rounds from the 2014 ZEO Netball Superleague live for the first time, including the showpiece semi-finals and final in April.
The pay-TV broadcaster’s dedicated netball coverage will form part of Sky’s extensive line-up of top class sport this spring and will also be fronted by a new on-air team.
Sky’s 2014 netball coverage kicks off with an International Tri-Series competition which sees England play host to New Zealand and Jamaica, taking place at both Wembley Arena and the Copper Box Arena on London’s Olympic Park, providing a glimpse of what’s to come at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The series opens at Wembley on January 17 with New Zealand against Jamaica preceded by a warm up clash for England who take on England A.
The following evening, England make their tournament bow against Jamaica before the action moves to the Copper Box Arena on January 20 when the hosts face New Zealand.
To wrap up a netball feast there’s a bonus game the following night when England play Jamaica once again, the action preceded by England A against New Zealand.
Following the international action, attention turns to the domestic game as a new season of Superleague action begins and Sky Sports will screen one live match every week during the regular season for the first time ever.
Netball Superleague combines the finest players in the UK along with international stars, forming eight franchises from England and Wales.
This coming season promises to be the most exhilarating and anticipated season in its recent history as players fight for their place at Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games in the summer.
A new on-screen team of presenters will guide Sky Sports viewers through all the action in 2014.
Anna Woolhouse will present all of Sky’s live games alongside former England star and Surrey Storm player Tamsin Greenway, who joins the team as a regular commentator and pundit.
Greenway will also be writing a blog for the Sky Sports website, giving fans all the inside news, hints, tips and gossip from the netball circuit.
In addition to extensive TV coverage, Sky Sports has also launched a dedicated netball section on its website and a new Twitter feed – skysports.com/netball and @SkyNetball – bringing fans all the latest results and news from the international and domestic fixtures.
Sky Sports signed a new TV deal with England Netball which will see its coverage of all 12 rounds of the Netball Superleague and all home international fixtures continue for the next three years.
Alongside netball, Sky Sports has increased its exposure of women’s sport through its new magazine show Sportswomen, which is broadcast every Tuesday from the Sky Studios Cafe at 10.30am, presented by Hayley McQueen.
Sportswomen cover all of the latest news, views and analysis and feature interviews with athletes and respected figures from the world of sport.
Joanna Adams, head of marketing and commercial for England Netball, said: “This deal is great news for netball fans in the UK and hopefully watching world class netball week-in week-out will inspire the next generation of England Internationals.”
“Following England’s historic win over Australia in 2013, which was shown live on Sky Sports, the popularity and profile of netball has never been higher.
“The exposure that Sky Sports is able to provide takes the game to a huge audience and allows us to invest in award-winning initiatives such as ‘Back to Netball’ which has seen over 30,000 women return to playing netball since 2010.”
For more information about the ZEO Netball Superleague, England Netball, and for details on how to get involved with the sport, visit the official England Netball website.
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