The International Netball Federation’s flagship Youth Event, Netball World Youth Cup 2017, will take place in Gaborone, Botswana from 8 – 16 July and netball fans the world over will be able to watch matches live, with every match available for catch up via the tournament YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/netballworldyouthcup.
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 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 livestream their matches on their own Facebook page and Twitter feed and utilise real-time in-play clips.
The Hon Molly Rhone OJ, CD, President of the International Netball Federation, says: “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.”
Tsena Project Manager, Thato Moruti, says: “We are very excited that the Netball World Youth Cup 2017 is taking place in Botswana. This is a great opportunity to tell the story to the world, for the world to see that there is talent in Africa, and more especially for Botswana to build its international face.”
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.