The national governing bodies of three sports have joined forces to announce an exciting new project called Team Up – an initiative focusing ultimately on three forthcoming home women’s World Cups.
England Hockey, the ECB and England Netball will work collaboratively to build a dedicated fan-base for their respective sports, to ensure packed arenas for their World Cups and to leave a lasting legacy of participation.
The initiative was launched on finals day at the recent Hockey Champions Trophy – exactly one year prior to the start of the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup. The next Hockey World Cup takes place in 2018, while Liverpool hosts the Netball World Cup in 2019. It promises to be an important three years for women’s sport in this country and it is imperative these opportunities are maximised.
Almost 10 million viewers in the UK tuned in to see the GB Women’s Hockey team’s wonderful Olympic triumph, and this gives women’s sport a golden opportunity, and a valuable foundation from which to work.
Creating a lasting legacy
Hosting big international tournaments gives us an opportunity to increase interest in the sport and to create lasting legacies. Team Up will look to support and encourage schools to deliver hockey, women’s cricket and netball and give as many as girls as possible the opportunity to take part in a team sport.
The TeamUp initiative will seek to ensure all 7-13-year-old girls across the country have the opportunity to experience the benefits of team sport, and it offers a novel rewards scheme for schools and teachers.
Each of the governing bodies has donated a whopping £250,000 to the scheme. Organisers are said to be looking into options such as a joint ticketing scheme, where fans will be able to purchase one ticket for all three tournaments. An official announcement regarding this scheme and others is expected in the not-too-distant future.
We all have a shared desire to see the growth of women’s sport in this country and to see more fans, more money, and more people playing our games. We’ve coalesced around three very clear aims: the first of those is to grow the revenue that comes into women’s sport, the second is to grow the fans and the third is that by 2019, we aim to have every school in the country where girls attend, playing one of our three sports on a regular basis.Sally Munday, CEO of England Hockey
SHOWING INITIATIVE TO PROVIDE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR GIRLS IN SPORT
England Hockey is currently developing an ‘affinity scheme’, in which schools can sign up to be a ‘Team Up School’. Through this scheme, hockey’s governing body will provide support by way of resources, training, as well as a number of other ways in which they can accumulate affinity points towards ‘golden ticket’ opportunities – such as being ball girls for a World Cup Final.
Jo Adams, CEO of England Netball, says:
This is a critical moment in time for women’s sport in our country. Our three sports have the chance to capitalise on hosting major events to truly inspire a generation and create a meaningful legacy for female sport. Team sport not only helps to get women and girls fit and active, but is it also proven to have an incredible impact on mental wellbeing and provides essential social skills. We look forward to welcoming the world to our shores and ensuring all 7 to 13-year-old girls have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of team sport in school.
Schools interested in joining this fantastic and progressive initiative can register here, and we would encourage as many schools as possible to get involved.
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