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 ...
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 ...
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:
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 ...