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Claire Maxwell helps launch Countdown to Netball World Cup 2019.

15th April 2019

On April 3rd Strathclyde Sirens and Scottish Thistles Captain Claire Maxwell joined the BBC to Launch their Netball World Cup countdown. Claire was joined by England Netball’s Head Coach Tracey Neville (MBE) and Northern Ireland’s Head Coach Dan Evans to launch the #100Days100Girls100Goals campaign which will see the sports elite players share their goals and celebrate how they can empower women and girls through netball.

Throughout the Morning Claire appeared on several BBC Programmes to promote the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 and share the campaigns message.


Stop 1: BBC Breakfast:

Claire, joined by Tracey Neville (MBE) and Dan Evans, began the day live with Sally Nugent on BBC Breakfast to celebrate the 100 Days to go countdown at Salford’s Media City. The group were joined by 100 schoolgirls from Loreto Grammar School, Manchester High School for Girls, St Bede’s College, and St Patrick’s RC High School where a pop-up netball court was erected, and various netball activities were displayed.

When asked about World Cup preparations Claire said: “We’re currently using the Superleague as a platform to improve our performance, working along side our national coaches and head coach of the Superleague team, we’re really proud of what we’re doing and we’re hoping to take that onto the World Cup stage.”

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Stop 2: BBC Radio 5 Live

Claire then seamlessly stepped into BBC Radio 5 Live for an interview with Rachel Burden and Nicky Campbell, to discuss the growth of netball.

When talking about the expected impact of the World Cup on future Netball participation Claire said: “There’s been a 58% increase in participation levels since the Commonwealth Games that were held in us (Scotland). We’re really proud of all the people who are now bouncing back, picking up the sport, and just enjoying it for the great sport that it is!”

If you want to Bounce Back to netball, or just find out more about netball in your area click here.


Stop 3: BBC Radio 2

The third stop of the day seen Claire join Mike Williams on BBC Radio 2. The pair discussed the Preliminaries: Stage One group draw which sees the Thistles face off in Group D with England, Uganda and Samoa. When asked about the prospect of facing England Claire seemed unphased by the challenge ahead, saying “Our aim is to get top 8, but we’re looking forward to taking on the commonwealth games champions, they’ll be gunning for a gold medal at the world cup, so, it’ll be a fantastic game to compete against the world’s best!”


Stop 4: Newsround

Claire ended the day in a far more inconspicuous manner returning to the pop-up netball court to run through drills with 100 school girls from surrounding Manchester schools. This was filmed for a short piece on The Netball World Cup shown on Newsround later that day, with several of the school girls being interviewed to share their excitement and what they hope a home World Cup could lead to for the future growth of netball in the UK!

One of the school girls interviewed was just excited to see “three of the Home Nations come together on our doorstep.”


Where to watch the #NWC2019

The Netball World Cup will be held in Liverpool from Sunday 7th of July and will run for 10 days, finishing on Sunday the 21st of July with the Netball World Cup Final. If you want to follow the Thistles on their #RoadToLiverpool you can grab your tickets here.

If you can’t make it to Liverpool, don’t worry, the games will be shown on both Sky Sports and the BBC. Sky Sports, the host broadcaster, will air every game from the 10-day tournament live across its

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