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Pathway Head Coach Announcement – Lauren Palmer to Replace Alex Young

Manchester Thunder are delighted to announce that Lauren Palmer will be the new Pathway Head Coach until the end of November. Palmer replaces Alex Young who is currently on maternity leave following the birth of her son Alfie and is already involved in the pathway as the under 19’s head coach. Both the under-21 and under-19 age groups are to resume training today following a two month break and Palmer will be in immediate control. A thorough testing regime is in place, increasing safety and mitigating risk. Following the government road map, further elements of the pathway will be able to return from the 29th of March. On her appointment Palmer commented: “I’m privileged and honoured to be taking on this role as Pathway Head Coach, and can’t wait to see what this group of talented athletes and coaches can achieve together this season.” “I’m looking forward to working with the players, staff and parents involved to keep Manchester Thunder’s Pathway moving forward ... More

Legend Kerry Out of Retirement to Help Thunder Retain Superleague Title

Three-times Superleague winner Kerry Almond is coming out of retirement to help Manchester Thunder retain their title following the late withdrawal of Loreen Ngwira. The Malawian defender has had to be replaced for medical reasons and Kerry was the perfect player to fill the gap in the squad. She had been back training with Thunder as an associate supporting the rest of the line-up and answered Karen Greig’s call when looking for a replacement with the new season starting on Friday. Kerry Almond said: “I know. I said that was it and I wasn’t going to be tempted back. But I couldn’t stay away. “Not being able to play netball over the past year has been horrible for so many of us, and I have hated not being part of a team. So, when Karen asked if I would consider returning to the squad for another season playing in black and yellow, it was impossible to say no - especially as I know so many of our fans would do anything to be back together on court. “My last game for ... More

Defender Loreen Ngwira Ruled Out of the 2021 Season

Manchester Thunder Loreen Ngwira has been ruled out of the 2021 season on medical grounds. The Malawi Queen will return home to be with her family. Director of Netball, Karen Greig commented: “Of course we are disappointed to lose Loreen at such a crucial time as the season is about to start, we wish her well and a safe trip home.” “However, we need to act fast now and will endeavour to find a replacement to continue our quest to retain the Vitality Netball Superleague title.” More

NETBALL IS BACK

The national governing body for netball in England has today announced a significant new multi-year broadcast deal with Sky Sports UK. The partnership will see every match of the Vitality Netball Superleague 2021 season broadcast across Sky Sports channels (each game will be available for fans to watch live in some format across YouTube or Sky Sports Mix/ Arena), giving the competition its greatest exposure to date. The Vitality Netball Superleague will be returning on 12 February 2021 featuring 11 teams, with the addition of newcomers Leeds Rhinos. The 2021 season, which is set to be the most competitive and exciting yet, will feature some big-name signings from across the world of netball, ready to showcase their skills on court and make their mark on the competition as the domestic game returns on home soil. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic the decision was made to host the Vitality Netball Superleague behind closed doors across two venues this season, to enable ... More

Back to the black and yellows for Tracey Neville as she takes up key role at Thunder

Tracey Neville MBE, the Commonwealth Games winning netball coach with the England Roses, is returning to netball in a newly created role with the Superleague champions. Manchester Thunder, who won the title in 2019, will welcome Neville as Performance Operations Director. As well as working alongside Director of Netball and Head Coach Karen Greig on matchdays, she will join the club’s Board and be responsible for developing and putting in place the franchise’s performance strategy. Tracey Neville was Thunder’s head coach between 2011 and 2015 and won the Superleague title in 2012 and 2014. She was appointed to lead the England Netball national side in 2015 and took the team to Commonwealth Games glory in 2018 when the Roses won gold. She stepped down following the Netball World Cup in 2019 and has taken a year out of the sport following the birth of her son, Nev. Tracey Neville said: “Manchester Thunder has been a massive part of my life – as a netball player and a ... More

Manchester Thunder Statement – Player Suspended

A member of the Manchester Thunder’s Vitality Netball Superleague squad has been suspended after breaking coronavirus restrictions. Photographs, posted on social media platforms, clearly showed the player attending a New Year’s Eve party with people outside their household - something which is against the law. Manchester Thunder Managing Director Debbie Hallas said: “We are extremely disappointed with the player who broke the law to attend a party at New Year. It is a breach of trust for everyone involved with Thunder – for the other players making huge sacrifices to be able to train in Covid-secure ways as elite sportspeople, for our fans who are making huge sacrifices to try and reduce the spread and keep people save, and for members of our Thunder family who have been on the frontline of the NHS in this pandemic, and who we are so proud of. “Despite regular reminders of their responsibilities as individuals, netballers and role models for girls, the player decided ... More

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