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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

Major investment for Thunder

Vitality Netball Superleague Champions Manchester Thunder have received a major boost with investment from one of the region’s leading businessmen. David Jennings, chief executive of leading door hardware supplier UAP Limited, based in Manchester, will join the Board of the Superleague franchise with his company Jennings Ventures Limited investing in Thunder. At a time of growth across netball, following England’s Commonwealth Games win and the World Cup in Liverpool, the investment will be used to grow the franchise’s infrastructure off court to ensure the success on it can continue for the future. One immediate impact will be the recruitment of Thunder’s first ever full-time franchise director as the countdown to the start of the new Superleague season in February 2020 continues. The new member of the businesses leadership team will run the day-to-day operations of Thunder and look to grow the commercial side to bring more investment into the franchise. ... More

Eleanor Cardwell returns in 2020

Eleanor Cardwell will be back in black and yellow for the 2020 season as the England Rose re-signs for the Superleague Champions. The 24-year old shooter, who was key to securing the victory in the 2019 Grand Final against Wasps when she came on in the final minutes, rejoined Thunder last year and proved invaluable in providing options in the shooting circle. She has now put pen to paper on a two-year deal which will keep her in the North West – the region where she grew up and rose through the ranks from youth level to Superleague – until at least 2021. Eleanor is Thunder’s latest signing for the 2020 campaign following the re-signing of Laura Malcolm and Kathryn Turner and new addition Ashleigh Neal. Speaking about the news, Eleanor said: “I’m so excited for this upcoming season and to see how we can build on the last and try and reclaim the Superleague title. "First of all we’ve got the Fast 5 this autumn during which we will be able to show off our ... More

Thunder win inaugural U15 Netball Performance Competition

Manchester Thunder triumphed in the inaugural U15 Netball Performance Competition as they overcame Surrey Storm with a dynamic display in the final. Thunder won all six of their matches at the University of Wolverhampton to secure the title. Two days of intense competition began on Saturday morning for all ten sides, who were provided with educational programmes during the weekend. The first day provided numerous engaging matches as teams attempted to finish inside the top two in their respective groups to qualify for the semi-finals. In Pool A, Manchester Thunder topped the table with 12 points from a possible 12 with Leeds Rhinos finishing in second place with nine points. Severn Stars ran Thunder close in the opening game as they came within five points of the eventual champions. Stars also narrowly overcame North East by two goals later in the day. The final encounter of Pool A pipped the top two against one another to decide who would finish top of the table.... More

Ashleigh Neal joins Manchester Thunder for 2020

Versatile Australian Ashleigh Neal is joining Manchester Thunder for the defence of their Vitality Netball Superleague title in 2020. The 30-year old, who plays at Wing Attack, Centre and Goal Attack has signed for the Champions from London Pulse. Ash has been part of the UK Superleague for some time - playing with Mavericks and Team Northumbria before joining the new London franchise last season. She will play a key role both on and off court at Thunder and will work on developing links and promoting netball in communities across the North West. Speaking about her move to Manchester, Ash said: "I’m super excited and honoured to be joining the Thunder family to help them defend their title in 2020. "One of my passions is to encourage the future generation of netball stars to be spotted and developed and that's something I can't wait to be part of in Manchester and across the North West. "I look forward to meeting all the Thunder fans and young netballers across ... More

Thunder players named in England U21 & Roses Academy Squads

Congratulations to the 17 Manchester Thunder players named in England Netball's U21 and Roses Academy squads which have been announced today. Eight from Thunder are part of the U21 long squad chosen by England U21 Head Coach Karen Greig: Alicia Scholes Berri Neil Ella Standring Emilia Roscoe Hannah Williams Millie Sanders Stacey Tankoua Yasmin Roebuck Meanwhile, nine from Thunder, are part of the Roses Academy programme for 2019/2020: Bridget Morgan Ella Bowen Ellie Heyes Emma Rayner Grace Mills Hannah Diamond Kaedin Gumbs Rae Williams Savannah Dada-Mascol More

The Vitality Netball Superleague returns with a new look Season Opener

The Vitality Netball Superleague will return for its 15th year on Saturday, 22 February, 2020 with a new look Season Opener. It's been announced that this season the opening round will be in addition to the normal 18 rounds and the fixtures for this extra round are determined by where teams finished last season. That means that we will take on second place Wasps Netball, third place Team Bath will play Loughborough Lightning and so on. The matches will take place at the Arena Birmingham. Our clash with Wasps will be the last one in the day - at 5pm. The additional round will contribute to the regular season and count towards each club total points, the other 18 rounds will see teams play each other home and away, deciding who finishes in the top four to fight for a place in the Grand Final. The additional round means that we'll play nine home fixtures and nine away fixtures as well as the Season Opener. The fixtures are as follows: 11:00 - Strathclyde Sirens v ... More

Vitality Roses selected for 2019-20 campaign

We're delighted that four of Manchester Thunder's Superleague-winning 2018-19 squad have been named in the Roses programme for 2019-20. Congratulations to Rebekah Airey, Eleanor Cardwell and Laura Malcolm on being named in the P1 or P2 Roses programme and to Amy Carter for being selected for the Roses Futures programme. Thunder's Director of Netball Karen Greig said: "Having four of our core squad of 10 from 2018-2019 being given a place in the Vitality Roses programme for 2019-20 is recognition of the sheer hard work and determination shown by Rebekah, Eleanor, Laura and Amy over the past few months. They are players who make their mark both on and off court and deserve this recognition by Jess and the Roses team." Jess Thirlby, Vitality Roses Head Coach, said: “I would like to congratulate all athletes on their selection into the Roses programme. It is wonderful to have so much talent in our Roses and Futures programme. There are a lot of exciting international ... More