RISING STARS OF NETBALL WORLD SET FOR 2013 WORLD YOUTH NETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN GLASGOW

Details of the 2013 World Youth Netball Championships (WYNC) at Glasgow’s stunning new Emirates Arena were unveiled last week 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.

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 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.”

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