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England Netball announces first step towards professionalism for NSL

Following a historic Netball World Cup this summer, with the Vitality Roses reaching the final for the very first time, England Netball has announced the first step in its ambition to professionalise the domestic game in the UK, including new clubs

England players celebrate reaching the Netball World Cup final
Image: The Netball Super League (NSL) is hoping to build on the Vitality Roses' historic run to the World Cup final this summer

England Netball are announcing a new era for netball in the UK in the drive towards professionalism, with the Netball Super League (NSL) set to relaunch in 2025.

The new plans will see transformational change over the next decade on and off the court, driven by innovation and delivering extraordinary fan experiences to power the growth of the game.

Significant step changes from 2025 will include clubs playing in bigger venues and arenas, enhancements in match day events to excite live and TV viewing audiences, competition improvements to deliver more thrilling, competitive games, as well as advancements in the elite environment.

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England Netball is welcoming existing clubs who believe they can play their part in bringing this exciting new era to life, along with new interested parties, to express their interest to tender to participate in the relaunched league from Season 2025.

Fran Connolly, CEO of England Netball said: "In 2021, England Netball launched its 'Adventure Strategy' which outlined the journey of taking our sport to new heights.

"Netball continues to go from strength to strength and is now the number one team sport for women in England, with over three million people playing annually and a TV audience of 5.6 million people watching this summer's Netball World Cup where the Vitality Roses made history.

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"We now have a fantastic opportunity to build on this foundation and take our domestic game to the next level."

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