360 Results for author: Manchester Thunder

Manchester Thunder strengthen Superleague squad with Performance Pathway talent

Manchester Thunder’s squad for the defence of their Vitality Netball Superleague title will be boosted by the promotion of talented training partners, Berri Neil and Lois Pearson to the first team.               Berri Neil has already achieved significant success in her short career largely due to her outstanding ability within the shooting circle. In addition to playing for Manchester Thunder, she has also demonstrated fantastic form since she was first selected for England Roses Academy in 2018 where she was part of the Netball Europe Championship winning U17 team. She has also played in the triumphant Netball Europe U21 Championships in 2019. Lois Pearson, who is currently studying at University of Manchester, plays for YWCA Bury and has been part of the Academy since 2012. She has also recently enjoyed success at Manchester Thunder after having been named as Players’ Player of the Year in the 2019-2020 U21 Awards. Manchester Thunder Head Coach and Director of ... More

Official Membership 2020/21 Sneak Peak

JOIN OUR #THUNDERCAST Our Official Membership launches on 5th August and lasts for the whole season, so you will enjoy being a member until July 2021. With 2 days to go until our launch, we thought we would give you a sneak peak of what you can expect. The Official Membership is available to supporters of all ages with a large discount on the family membership. By signing up to the Official Membership, you will receive a range of fantastic range of benefits including discounts on tickets and merchandise, exclusive content, a personalised membership card to show your support for the club, as well as a membership pack full of high-quality merchandise including a limited edition membership pin: A full range of benefits include: 📦 Membership pack with limited edition pin badge and personalised membership card 👗 10% discount on Manchester Thunder merchandise through Netball UK 🎫 Exclusive access to semi- final and play- off pre-sale tickets 🎙️ Right to ... More

Thundercast – Absence Makes Our Sport Grow Stronger

Manchester Thunder, Vitality Netball Superleague Champions are launching a monthly netball podcast series. The first of its kind produced by a Superleague team, Thundercast will fill the void created by the lack of on court action for netball supporters missing the game and also allow Manchester Thunder to remain fully engaged with its current and future followers. This initiative forms part of the Absence Makes Our Sport Grow Stronger campaign that the franchise is unveiling in response to the vastly different sporting landscape created by COVID-19 and highlights its commitment to show resilience and emerge stronger. Hosted by TV and radio presenter and international netball commentator Lindsey Chapman, Thundercast will feature an exciting mix of star quality guests, honest insight and reaction to the biggest talking points in the game. There will also be behind the scenes action and regular features where supporters of the game can get truly involved and have their views heard. ... More

England Netball announces the end of the 2020 Superleague season

The 2020 Vitality Netball Superleague season has been terminated with immediate effect by England Netball following the suspension in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The decision was taken after weeks of discussion of options and scenarios by the Superleague Board and was subsequently ratified by the sport’s governing body. It is not the outcome Manchester Thunder, the reigning champions, were hoping for however we understand and accept the decision which was based on the welfare and safety of players, staff, match officials, volunteers and supporters. Managing Director Debbie Hallas said: “No-one wanted this season to end, especially as it had only just begun. But the uncertainty of these unparalleled times has led us, regretfully, to this situation. “As a franchise, we are firmly committed to ensuring that the recent momentum, increased profile and positive exposure that both the sport and the franchise has earned since the Commonwealth Games 2018, Vitality Netball ... More

Latest update – 27 April 2020

Please find below the latest update from the Vitality Netball Superleague on the 2020 season: Further to the statement issued on 17 March, which announced our decision to suspend all Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) activity until at least 30 April 2020, all VNSL Clubs and Board members have convened again to further discuss and review the position of the 2020 season. A collective decision was made to extend the postponement of all fixtures, league activity and pathway delivery until at least 31 May 2020. A further meeting will be held in mid-May to review the position of the league as we are aware that the Coronavirus outbreak is a rapidly changing and fluid situation. We remain committed to returning to the court but only when it is safe to do so as the health and wellbeing of our fans, volunteers, players, staff, officials and all of the Netball Family is of the upmost importance to us. We will continue to follow Government guidance closely, whilst resuming convers... More

An important update from Manchester Thunder

I hope you, your family and friends are staying safe and well during these unprecedented times. I wanted to write today to update you on what we're doing at Thunder to secure the future of our franchise amid the Coronavirus crisis. From Friday 27 March, all 17 players and coaching staff employed by the franchise were furloughed through the government scheme to support businesses through the current unprecedented period. This will ensure the business can continue to keep its on and off court team together and, once the restrictions on social distancing are lifted, resume our work. For the franchise as a business, it means 80 per cent of our salary bill will be paid by the government. We have though committed to top up the remaining 20 per cent so our players and coaches continue to receive what they usually would. We want to ensure we do everything we can to ensure that Manchester Thunder has a strong future once the national emergency measures are lifted and life, for us ... More

Message from Emma Dovey for the #ThunderFamily

Dear Thunder Family Usually I would be writing for our matchday programme about how much we're looking forward to the weekend's game and having you cheer us on at Belle Vue. But not this week - and probably not for some time. So I wanted to write this email to you, to all our Thunder Family, to let you know that through these difficult and strange times, we're standing with you, as a team we're here to support you and you're never on your own. No-one really knows what's going to happen over the next few weeks and I know that for many of you that's scary. But we'll get through it together. Things will get back to normal. We'll get back to playing in front of you again at Belle Vue, we hope we'll get to continue our unbeaten start to the season and we know you'll be there to support us all the way. But, until then, there are more important things and it's right we take a break from netball to focus on those. So, please make sure you're following the simple things ... More

Coronavirus Update – Important News

Dear Thunder Family, You will be aware that the Vitality Netball Superleague Board announced the postponement of all fixtures on Sunday. Today, a further meeting was held and it has been decided the suspension of the league will last until 30 April when the latest situation will be assessed. You can read the full statement on the Superleague website >> Given this announcement, and the decision from England Netball to also advise that all organised netball activities be suspended, we wanted to update you on our position: Superleague Matches Clearly, the decision means our next fixtures will not take place as planned. Ticket sales have been suspended and please do not travel to Belle Vue if you have tickets. Tickets purchased for games that have been postponed will be valid for the rearranged fixtures.  When that new date is confirmed, if you cannot attend you will be asked to return your tickets and will receive a full refund - your ticket issuer will ... More

Fixtures Suspended – An Important Update

Dear Thunder Family, This lunchtime, the Vitality Netball Superleague Board announced the postponement of future Vitality Netball Superleague fixtures with immediate effect.  In a statement, they say: "Further to the statement issued on Friday 13th March, the Vitality Netball Superleague Board have continued to monitor the outbreak and growing concerns around the rapid spread of COVID-19. The Board has taken the decision to postpone Vitality Netball Superleague fixtures with immediate effect. The Board and all Vitality Netball Superleague clubs will convene again on Tuesday 17th March where the position of the 2020 season, in light of an anticipated update on guidance from the Government, will be considered. A full statement will be issued later next week. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep the Netball Family updated as appropriate." We have received no further details other than the above announcement - as soon as we do, we will communicate them to ... More

Report: Four from four as Thunder stifle Storm

Manchester Thunder continued their unbeaten start to the Vitality Netball Superleague season with an 18-point victory over Surrey Storm. Round 4, at Surrey Sports Park, saw the 2019 Champions extend their run of victories to five. by 60 points to 42, on a day when little other sport was taking place across the country with the Coronavirus shutdown taking hold. The game started goal for goal as the teams worked each other out. Under immense physical pressure Joyce Mvula and Eleanor Cardwell stood strong as they helped build a six goal lead by the first break – 10-16. The Thunder defence of Emma Dovey and Lauren Ngwira were clearly assigned to put pressure on 6ft 4 shooter Karyn Bailey but Storm goal attack Sophie Hankin stepped up and was having success from distance. Recognised, this was snuffed out and Hankin was subsequently replaced by Ellie Kelk. At the other end it was like watching WWE wrestling at times with a physical battle and big hits between Mvula, ... More