The ECB, England Hockey and England Netball are pleased to announce that they will be working together on an exciting project called Team Up centring on our upcoming home Women’s World Cups.
The next three years is a unique period for women’s team sports. England will be host to three consecutive Women’s World Cups; 2017 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, 2018 Women’s Hockey World Cup, 2019 Netball World Cup.
All three National Governing Bodies want to work together to build a fan base for women’s team sports and make these significant events in their international calendar the best possible, not only with sell-out crowds but also by maximising on the legacy they leave behind!
It is recognised that by working together we are more likely to achieve this goal and as of 26th June 2016 we have Team(ed) Up! This a significant date as it is exactly one year to go until the start of the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2017 and we are really looking forward to what we can collectively achieve for women’s sport.
It is really important that we use the World Cups to develop a participation legacy for our sports and we recognise that schools play a large part in the development of a sporting habit for girls.
Team sports provide unique benefits for girls; not only are there the obvious health benefits but they provide the opportunity to develop key life skills such as; teamwork, communication, leadership and the opportunity for having fun with friends!
As part of this Team Up project we want to support schools to deliver our sports to ensure all girls get the opportunity to take part and love playing a team sport.
To do this we are currently developing an affinity scheme in which we want schools to sign up to be a ‘Team Up school’ and through this scheme we will provide support in the form of resources, training, as well as a number of other ways in which they can build up affinity points towards ‘golden ticket’ opportunities such as being ball girls for a World Cup Final!
If you are interested in becoming a Team Up school, please register your interest here to be the first to find out more!