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First Roses Cap for Amy Carter

Congratulations to Amy Carter who made her Vitality Roses debut last night in the Netball Nations Cup. She was one of the trio of Thunder players in Jess Thirlby's side alongside Laura Malcolm and Eleanor Cardwell. Thunder Head Coach Karen Greig said: “Having three Manchester Thunder players take to the court for the Vitality Roses was a proud moment for us all with Laura, Eleanor and Amy performing brilliantly for their country. “I’m particularly thrilled for Amy winning her first cap. I have seen few other players with the commitment and determination she has so she more than deserves this opportunity.”         More

Pre-Season On The Road – See Thunder v Storm in Oldham

We go on the road for our next pre-season friendly taking a home game to the infamous netball town of Oldham. Thunder will take on Surrey Storm at Oldham Leisure Centre on Saturday 8th February in their final game before the season opener on the 22nd February. Doors open at 3pm. First centre pass is 4pm. Tickets are just £10 for adults and £6 for concessions. Buy tickets now >> Mikki Austin’s side make the trip north having pushed Superleague runners up Wasps close in a thriller at Surrey Sports Park on Saturday, losing out by just 4 goals 46-50. Head Coach Karen Greig said: “We look forward to welcoming Mikki and her squad for our final preseason friendly before the league starts. From all reports Storm gave Wasps a run for their money at the weekend and will provide a strong opposition for us which is great preparation ahead of the Season Opener.” “I am looking forward to us playing in my home town of Oldham where I started my own ... More

Scholes called up to Superleague squad for title defence

Alicia Scholes, daughter of the Manchester United and England legend Paul, has been named as a member of the Thunder squad for the 2020 Vitality Netball Superleague season. The 18-year old is called up to the senior squad for the first time and will be a training partner for the new campaign. Thunder are the defending Champions, having won the 2019 Superleague title in May, and are counting down to the start of the season next month. Alicia, who plays at centre and wing attack, has been part of the Thunder youth set-up for some time, and making it to the highest level is something her proud dad never doubted she would achieve: Paul Scholes said: "We knew from aged 6 or 7 when she first started playing at the ball hall in Failsworth - she had a team of friends and they were hammering everyone! We knew she had ability then, that she was talented and she’s still as dedicated now." As well as being in the Superleague squad, Alicia will be part of Thunder's U21 team ... More

Thunder stars in Vitality Roses Nation Cup squad

Congratulations to Laura Malcolm, Eleanor Cardwell & Amy Carter who have been named by Jess Thirlby in the Vitality Roses squad for the Nations Cup next month. Also, well done to Rebekah Airey who's been named in the England A squad - the side that will face New Zealand, South Africa and the Vitality Roses in various behind closed doors training matches in the lead up to the Vitality Netball Nations Cup. Read the full England Netball announcement >> More

Thunder at your Club & School

Clubs and Schools across the North West are taking advantage of the amazing opportunity to be joined by one of our players for an exclusive coaching session. Our Community Programme Manager, the Superleague star Ashleigh Neal, has been to Lymm High School and Failsworth Netball Club in the past few weeks passing on skills, trips and tricks. Don't miss out on the chance to have Ash, or one of our other netball stars, working alongside your players on your court. It's an experience you'll remember. It's one you can't afford to miss. "It has been wonderful to meet the passionate netball girls from Failsworth, Altrincham U9's & Lymm High School so far. Everyone has been able to join in as skills and drills are catered to every ability and age group. I love meeting new girls and inspiring them to become better netballers on and off the court." Ashleigh Neal To find out more and arrange your session: Contact Ash by emailing ashleigh@manchesterthunde... More

Manchester Thunder Invitational Tournament to begin pre-season

Join us this December for an exciting pre-season tournament as the Vitality Superleague Netball Champions Manchester Thunder welcome Team Bath, Loughborough Lightning and Saracens Mavericks to Manchester for a Saturday afternoon of amazing netball as they compete for The Mike Greenwood Trophy. With matches through the afternoon, culminating in the final at 6pm, it’s set to be an exciting pre-season event you won’t want to miss. Click here to buy >> More

Laura & Eleanor selected for Vitality Roses series in South Africa

Huge congratulations to Laura Malcolm and Eleanor Cardwell who have been selected by England Netball Head Coach Jess Thirlby for the Vitality Roses test series in South Africa later this month. You can read the full squad and more about the Tour on the England Netball website >>                           More

We’re supporting Parents in Sport Week 2019 from the NSPCC

We're backing the NSPCC's Parents in Sport Week (7-13 October) which promotes positive parental involvement in youth sport and encourages parents to ensure they're fully involved with what their child is doing. Debbie Hallas, Manchester Thunder Managing Director, said: “A huge amount of time and effort goes into safeguarding at Manchester Thunder and at the many brilliant netball clubs we have across the North West but it’s important parents are part of those efforts. I would absolutely encourage all parents to sign up to the NSPCC’s Sports Parents Promise so they know who to ask, know what to ask and know what to do to keep their child safe. “As a mum, as a netballer and as Manchester Thunder’s Managing Director, I know the huge benefits young people get from being involved in any sport. But the most important thing for all of us is to keep them safe. This campaign and these efforts are another important step forward in ensuring they are.” Find out ... More

2020 Superleague Fixtures Released

The Vitality Netball Superleague fixtures for 2020 have been released. After the season begins in Birmingham on 22 February, our first home game will be on Saturday 7 March against Loughborough Lightning at Belle Vue. Check out all the home fixtures here >>                 More

More Thunder players receive England call-ups

Manchester Thunder players once again are a huge part of today's squads announced by England Netball. The seniors squad for the Vitality Roses tour of Australia and New Zealand between 23 September - 11 October includes: Laura Malcolm Eleanor Cardwell Amy Carter The squad for the Netball Europe Open Championships includes: Rebekah Airey Berri Neil Emilia Roscoe This year’s Open Championships will take place in Belfast over the weekend of 27-29 September. Click here to view the schedule. The squad for the Netball Europe U21 Championships includes: Berri Neil Emilia Roscoe Alicia Scholes Yasmin Roebuck Hannah Williams Stacey Tankoua Grace Mills This year’s U21 Championships will take place in Worcester over the weekend of 4-6 October. Click here to view the schedule. Karen Greig, Thunder Director of Netball & England U21 Head Coach, said: "Having so many Manchester Thunder players selected for these England ... More