Netball club keen for Copper Box Arena success
PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 February 2017
Despite hosting both international and league netball matches, London has never had a top flight netball team.
But that could all be about to change, with London Pulse aiming to have a team in the Vitality Superleage – the sport’s top division – next year.
It has taken a massive stride towards that goal with its under 19 side invited to take part in the netball performance league, and is marking its first game at the Copper Box Arena with a family fun day on Sunday.
Natalie Seaton, the CEO of London Pulse, said: “We wanted to create an occasion for our players.
“We’ve got Khronos Agoria, a dance act who were on Britain’s Got Talent, performing and then a celebrity match before the main game.
“There’s also going to be lots going on in the concourse, like face painting, nail painting and competitions.”
The performance league is made up of ten youth teams, eight from Superleague clubs and two invited teams – one of which is London Pulse.
Their first home game is against Hertfordshire Mavericks, whose senior team will be taking on Surrey Storm at the Copper Box Arena in both March and April.
“They’re not that far from us, so if we do get a Superleague team, they will be one of our rivals,” Natalie said.
“That’s part of what our #MakeLondonSuper campaign is about, getting a Superleague team.
“It’s also about inspiring women and girls to take up sport.”
In addition to the NPL team, London Pulse also has an under 17 side and Natalie hopes to expand this in the future.
“Playing at the Copper Box Arena, with the Olympic legacy, is really important,” she said.
“Our aim is to create a sustainable pathway. There are a lot of netball teams in London, but we’ve never had a club at this level.”
Doors for Sunday’s event open at 3pm, with the NPL match at 6pm. Tickets cost £10 from tickets.sky.com/netball/makelondonsuper
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