Top-flight netball is about to land on our doorstep as Wasps have extended their sphere of influence by launching a new netball operation and unveiled one of the top figures in the sport as their new Director of Netball.
Tamsin Greenway, currently the coach of the England under-21 team, has signed up for Wasps Netball which will compete in Vitality Netball Superleague, from February 2017.
Greenway, who played for Surrey Storm and then last year coached them to the Superleague title, has competed in three World Cups and one Commonwealth Games and won back-to-back national elite Superleague titles with Storm.
The creation of Wasps Netball, which will play its home games in the Ricoh Arena’s Jaguar Exhibition Hall, comes after Wasps were named as one of three new teams to compete in the Superleague.
The new venture is not only designed to be a force in the national game, but also to increase Wasps community programme which engaged with more than 50,000 youngsters across the region last year.
David Armstrong, chief executive officer of Wasps rugby club, said: “As a professional sporting organisation playing a part in our community is really important.
“Our community programme is proving very successful and our journey into netball, a sport that is growing in popularity, will enable us to further diversify and reach a wider range of people.
“We see this very much as a natural progression. While there are certain areas of expertise that Wasps Netball will be able to tap into – such as strength and conditioning, match analysis and marketing – Wasps Rugby and Wasps Netball are very much standalone clubs operating under the Wasps banner.
“We will also be replicating a fan village on match days where families, schools, and netball clubs will take part in netball games and other fundraising activities, while netball will also be showcased on rugby days.
“One thing Wasps Rugby and Wasps Netball will certainly share is the ambition to succeed and to win. We have made a long term commitment to Wasps Netball and with Tamsin at the helm, we have high expectations.”
Wasps Netball will train at the University of Warwick and will also work with the sports science team at Coventry University.
Greenway is in charge of player recruitment and is relishing the opportunity to put together a competitive team that can inspire the region’s girls and women to take part in netball.
She said: “Netball is my passion and the opportunity to work with the team at Wasps, to play week in week out at the Ricoh Arena and on a personal note, to return to my roots in the Midlands, is just incredible and an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. I can’t wait to get started and look forward to the exciting season ahead.”
More details can be found at www.waspsnetball.co.uk