37 Results for year: 2020

Netball’s Rise Again Festival

Over the turbulent months of 2020, Manchester Thunder and Manchester City Council have been working hard to bring netball back into the sporting spotlight, and are ecstatic to be celebrating the return of elite-level netball in announcing our new pre-season event, “NETBALL’S RISE AGAIN FESTIVAL.” With the Vitality Netball Superleague being cancelled earlier this year, the Rise Again Festival organisers understood that both the netball community and dedicated fans have unfortunately been deprived of elite and amateur netball this year, and wanted to do something to end 2020 in a positive way. Hosted by television and radio presenter Lindsey Chapman, she will be bringing you a thorough and in-depth analysis and commentary from each game, as well as exclusive interviews with both coaches and players. Featuring six of the best netball teams in the country, including Loughborough Lightning, Leeds Rhinos, Surrey Storm, Strathclyde Sirens, Manchester Thunder and Saracens Mavericks, ... More

Let’s go Thunder, let’s go!

Let’s go Thunder, let’s go! That’s the sound of our fierce Manchester Elite women getting back to training. The first lockdown hasn’t stopped their drive and determination, so neither will the second lockdown! Although we have slipped into lockdown 2.0, this has not stopped our athletes from sticking to their vigorous training plans. At Belle Vue sports village, our girls in black and yellow were seen out an about working hard (as always!) with high intensity training, seeing them dashing from court to court, from one drill to the next, chatting and laughing, preparing for whatever 2021 has to offer. Unfortunately, we have been without two of our fiercest players, Loreen Ngwira and Joyce Mvulva, however we hope it won’t be too long until they will be back to reunite with the rest of the team and start preparing for the exciting 2021 season. With any luck, Manchester thunder will be given the chance to repeat their successes in 2019, where they became the champions of ... More

Manchester Thunder Supports Anti-Bullying Week

Manchester Thunder will stand alongside Schools across the UK and those taking a stance against bullying for anti-bullying week, taking place from the 16th to the 20th of November. Anti-bullying week is a period for clubs like ours to raise money and awareness for the Anti-Bullying Alliance, a coalition of organisations united against bullying. The ABA have encouraged those who are taking part to get creative and dress up as one of your hero’s OR to take part in Odd Socks day. Relationships between players is what makes a strong and undefeatable team, and that is why netball has a zero-tolerance policy of bullying of any kind. In Primary and High school education, in the past 12 months 1 out of 5 young children have experienced bullying. And 3 out of 4 had said that a bullying incident has drastically affected their own mental health. With the most common type of bullying being verbal, 62% of those victims to verbal bullying have said that they had experienced this by a ... More

Children In Need 2020

Children in Need is whizzing around the corner and during a year of mass uncertainty, what do you need to know for this year’s Children in Need? As always, this year’s show of Children In Need will air on Friday 13th of November. And despite the unfortunate circumstances of Lockdown 2.0 there will still be plenty of great things to participate in.  Typically, you will be able to submit a direct donation to Children in Need via text and phone. Children in Need is a fantastic organisation which has aimed to help fund local charities and to overcome the global issues children and young people are facing in their day-to-day life. With the help of our generous donations this goes towards supporting those who have been affected by a whole range of disadvantages, including poverty, disabilities, illness and trauma. Although we cannot actively raise funds with our fans, now is a time to reflect what other have done to raise money in realm of netball throughout the years. Last year ... More

Remembering Those Who Gave Up Their Lives During Wars

As Manchester Thunder, on remembrance day,  we want to remember those who fought and gave up their lives during wars. At 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, we will remember the day World War One ended in 1918. As the same as we’ve always done, we will be a part of a two-minute silence held in the early morning of Wednesday 11th November 2020. The Remembrance red poppy is a powerful symbol for hope of a peaceful future and the story behind the poppy is equally powerful. In the spring of 1915, a catastrophic clash between soldiers in northern France and Flanders saw acres of fields and lines of trees left in a desolate state. However, peeking above the surface were the Flanders poppy budding into the ravaged remains of the War. Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was the first to actively notice a cluster of beaming red poppies. However, was disrupted moments later having to tend to the wounded after a brutal attack. Having witnessed the chaos and fatal events of that day, the ... More

Manchester Thunder Delighted To Announce Their Training Partners

Manchester Thunder have invested in youth utilising their highly successful pathway to make up their training partner group. Front Row: Millie Sanders (GK/GD), Alicia Scholes (WA/C) and Ella Standring (WD/C) Back Row: Elia McCormick (GK/GD) and Emilia Roscoe (GS/GA) The black and yellows have retained the services of centre courters Alicia Scholes, daughter of Manchester United legend Paul Scholes and Ella Standring. While defender Elia McCormick looks to add to her experience and her first league action for Thunder. Two new additions, filling the spots left by the elevation of Berri Neil and Lois Pearson to the main squad are England U21 defender Millie Sanders and shooter Emilia Roscoe who move up from the under 21 squad. Manchester Thunder Head Coach and Director of Netball Karen commented “This training partner group massively excites me, all have worked really hard over the last few years and are products of our top class pathway programme boasting 4 out of 5 of them in ... More

Manchester Thunder Re-sign Dominant Defender Loreen Ngwira

Manchester Thunder is excited to reveal that Loreen Ngwira has agreed to resign to Thunder for the upcoming season. The powerful defender signed with the reigning champion’s team in 2019, ahead of the 2020 campaign. Ngwira started all four of Thunder’s games before the Covid pandemic hit and the league was cancelled. Now the 27-year old is excited to start where she left off with high hopes of success. Having impressed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games for the Malawi Queens finishing seventh, Ngwira was picked up by Team Northumbria where she made her Superleague debut. Subsequently, London Pulse acquired her services for the 2019 season once again linking up with Australian Ash Neal. With the retirement of club legend goal keeper Kerry Almond, Thunder were in the market for a dominant defender to partner captain Emma Dovey. Head Coach Karen Greig and Managing Director Debbie Hallas, responsible for player recruitment, identified Ngwira and after watching her at the 2019 World ... More

Manchester Thunder Re-Sign Malawi Queen Joyce Mvula

Manchester Thunder is delighted to announce the re-signing of stalwart shooter Joyce Mvula. Mvula hails from David Momba Village in Mzimba, the northern region of Malawi and was born into a large family of eight. Starting her netball journey at primary school, the 26-year old initially went on to star for the Blue Eagles Club, where she developed her raw talent and dedicated her life to the Malawi Police Service. In the beginning, once Mvula discovered a strong passion to netball, her flair and determination led her to snapping up a prestigious secondary school scholarship. She was soon selected for the Malawi national netball team in 2010, where she played as part of the official national team and made an appearance in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. But, Mvula did not stop there, in 2019 the shooter was named an “unsung hero” during the Netball World Cup. Despite being the second youngest shooter listed, Mvula was crowned the fifth top goal scorer, finishing with a tremendous ... More

Manchester Thunder Re-Sign Budding Rose

Manchester Thunder have ensured they will take care of unfinished business by signing up budding England Rose Amy Carter. Carter will join fellow Roses Laura Malcolm and Eleanor Cardwell who enter the second year of their contracts with the black and yellows. Currently in New Zealand playing a three match test series against the Silver Ferns, they are the first to take part in international netball since the pandemic hit. Having come through the pathway, Carter was elevated to the senior squad in 2018, and she burst onto the scene with impressive performance including helping Thunder to lift the Superleague title in 2019. Combing her medical studies at the University of Manchester, Amy balances a busy life and takes it all in her stride. Testament to the hard work she puts in she made her Roses debut during The Nations Cup in January. Carter says about her return to Thunder, “I’m delighted to re-sign for my home team. We were so disappointed not to be able to see out the 2020 ... More

Rebekah Airey re-signs to bolster defence for Manchester Thunder

Manchester Thunder are delighted to announce that they have re-signed the versatile defender, Rebekah Airey. The 24-year-old joined Manchester Thunder from Loughborough Lightning to be closer to her hometown of Wigan and develop all aspects of her game under the coaching talent of Karen Greig. She is now in her third season with the club where playing across GK, GD and WD, is invaluable at reinforcing their defensive unit. Airey started her netball career at an early age and represented Tyldesley Netball Club and then later joined Tameside Netball Club where her talent was recognised, and she started to stand out as an accomplished player. Airey commented that her mother was the one who introduced her into netball and jokes that, “she threw me and my siblings into every sport she could find to tire us out when we were young and netball was the one that stuck because it was so social.” About re-signing for Thunder, Airey said, “I’m super excited to be back at Thunder for ... More