Loughborough Alumni


4 Jul 2019

Alumnae play key role in organising 2019 Netball World Cup

A trio of alumnae are playing a key role in organising this year’s Vitality Netball World Cup.

Lindsay Impett (Physical Education, Sports Science and Recreation Management, 2001, pictured), Event Director for the tournament, is working alongside Laura Brunning (Geography and Sport Management, 2013) and Abbie Collins (Sport Management, 2017), who are the Competition and Training Venue Manager and Tournament Operations Co-ordinator respectively.

They are joined by current Sport and Exercise Science student, Molly Simpson, who is completing her year in industry as an Administrative Assistant with the team.

Netball’s popularity in the UK is rising, helped by England winning gold at the 2016 Commonwealth Games. Lindsay, who has oversight of the whole tournament in her role and has previously worked on the London 2012 Olympics, has said that she is expecting the event to further increase the profile of the sport:

"We fully expect that hosting the Vitality Netball World Cup in this country will have an equally big impact, and England Netball are delivering a legacy programme to make sure that the impact of hosting the tournament is long-lasting for the sport" she says.

"Major events have a unique power to inspire people. We have already seen the huge impact that England's Commonwealth Games gold medal has had on the profile of netball in this country, with more media interest than ever before."

Netball World Cup 2019 Ltd are based at SportPark on the University campus, which houses governing bodies of some of the UK’s top sports, including England Netball.

The 15th Netball World Cup, to be hosted in Liverpool, will run from 12-21 July. Almost 100,000 tickets have been sold for the tournament, which is being organised by around 500 staff and volunteers.

Many will be hoping for a home victory for England, whose 12-strong squad includes alumnae Jo Harten and Jade Clarke and current Loughborough Lightning captain, Nat Panagarry. They will face Uganda, Scotland and Samoa in Group D.

We wish Lindsay, Abbie, Laura and Molly all the best with the event.

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