Football and Coronation Street stars in comedy video to promote netball

Class of 92’ players, England women’s footballers and stars from Coronation Street have joined forces with Manchester Thunder for a special promotional video.

The video has been released in the run up to the reigning netball Superleague’s semi final match at the Manchester Arena on April 18.

Manchester United legends Gary and Phil Neville and Paul Scholes took part in filming for the Is This the Way to Amarillo sketch, a nod to Peter Kay’s hilarious 2005 Comic Relief charity single. 

Brooke Vincent, Hayley Tamaddon and Katy Cavanagh took a little time out from filming on the cobbles to join Thunder players and the team’s mascot Thunder Bear on the ITV soap’s set.

The trio played in last winter’s second Soap Showdown match against a team compromising cast members from Emmerdale and players from Thunder’s Roses Rivals, Yorkshire Jets. Brooke, who plays Sophie Webster on Corrie, said: “I am so proud of the Thunder girls, they helped me from not being able to play netball and now I can do it. This is massive for them and for netball, they are finally getting the recognition they deserve. This is not just for netball but for women’s sport too. When you are that good it will be so nice to have all those people cheering you on. It’s a great fun family event, so join me and get down to the Manchester Arena.”
The England women’s team joined the United Class of 92 stars in ‘Heaven’ on the roof of Hotel Football, to film a short segment which involved ‘keep uppy’ skills with a netball.

The Nevilles and Scholes, whose daughter Alicia is a keen netball player, own the hotel along with former team-mate and current United assist manager, Ryan Giggs. The players, including Manchester City star Toni Duggan and Chelsea’s Eniola Aluko, were staying at the hotel ahead of their final World Cup warm-up match with China at the Etihad Campus, which they won 2-1.

The video shows Thunder players, coaches, and supporters at iconic venues across the city, including Old Trafford and Coronation Street and of course, the Manchester Arena.

Thunder are unbeaten in the Superleague so far, with their final game of the regular season away against Loughborough Lightning on Saturday.
Their opponent for the semi final is yet to be confirmed, but it will be either Hertfordshire Mavericks or Yorkshire Jets.
Almost 3,000 tickets have already sold for the match, with high hopes that it could become the country’s biggest ever domestic netball match.

The first centre pass is at 6.10pm for the semi final, which will be screened live on Sky Sports