The Netball Youth World Cup (NYWC2017) officially opened in Gaborone yesterday. Botswana hosting the games is a real coup for the country, as it’s the very first time the games are being held in Africa. Twenty countries from all of the International Netball Federation’s (INF) five regions, will take part in the games, set to run from the 8th – 16th July. Netball fans the world over will be able to watch matches live, with every match available for catch up via the tournament YouTube channel:
The live streaming, ensuring fans of all twenty competing teams can follow their progress as they happen, is an innovative partnership between the INF and Botswana online community portal Tsena, supported by Botswana TV and UK-based digital media specialists QTV Sports. This year’s tournament is the first time that the INF has taken a mobile-first approach to a global tournament. In addition to offering core live and features content on the tournament’s YouTube channel, Facebook page, and Twitter feed, each of the participating nations will have the opportunity to live stream their matches on their respective Facebook pages and Twitter feeds, utilising real-time in-play clips.
The Hon Molly Rhone OJ, CD, President of the International Netball Federation (pictured above) said,
“It’s important to the INF that we can take these matches to our fans, both young and old worldwide, in a manner that’s current and relevant and in a way in which they want to receive them. Netball’s popularity has never been greater and we want to keep it in the spotlight, keep growing our fan base, and deliver a thrilling world- class event.”
This is the INF’s inaugural Netball World Youth Cup, building on from seven World Youth Netball Championships since 1988, the last being held in Glasgow, Scotland and won by New Zealand. This is also the first time that the INF has held an international event in Africa, the region with the highest number of member countries in the world. The next Netball World Youth Cup will take place in 2021 in Suva, Fiji.