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Netball in Wales

The Welsh Netball Association was founded in 1945, though it is known that organised netball was played in Wales in the 1930s.

The aims of Welsh Netball have always been to promote, encourage and further the game of netball in Wales.

Events organised by the WNA are numerous and include international matches; national championships; clinics for players; courses and seminars for coaches and umpires and an award scheme, which enables those coaches and umpires to gain qualifications.

Welsh teams play internationally at Open, Under 21 and Under 17 levels.

The first international event played by a Welsh team was in 1949, when Wales lost to England but beat Scotland.

Since 1949, the National team has beaten England only three times, by 33-29 in 1980, 59-58 in 2001 and 37-33 in 2013 to become European Champions, and also drawn with them twice 24 all in 1977 and 41 all in 1978. Wales has also had one draw against Jamaica by 34 all in 1979. The under 21 team beat England in 1972, were British Isles Champions in 1984 and the under 18 team were British Isles Champions in 1982 and 1979. Currently Wales hold a world ranking of 8th.

  The National team has competed in all but the second World Championship which was held in Australia in 1967 with highest placing being equal sixth in 1979.

Netball was included in the Commonwealth Games for the first time in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 (Wales were one of the 12 countries who participated, coming 10th). Wales also competed as one of the 10 countries in the 2002 Games in Manchester, gaining 6th place. In Melbourne 2006 Wales again took part coming 8th out of 12 countries. Wales did not qualify for the Deli Commonwealth games in 2010 however did compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where they finished 8th.

The Welsh U21 team was placed fifth in the first World Youth Cup, which was held in Australia in 1988. The renamed World Youth Netball Championship was held in Cardiff in July 2000 where Wales came 7th, Australia beat Jamaica to clinch the title. The most recent World Youth events were held in Glasgow in 2013 where Wales finished in their highest ever position of 6th.

Funding of Welsh Netball over the years has become very complex. The main source of independent income is from membership fees, without this Welsh NEtball could not exist. Government funding comes mainly via Sport Wales, various SCW schemes exist that fund different parts of the Association the employment of the Elite Performance Coach, development and administration staff and various facility usage at Sport Wales, Cardiff. Other major sources of income include sponsorship and educational courses for coaching and umpiring.
  World Netball

Netball is derived from an early form of basketball, which was brought to England from America at the turn of the Century.

Netball is played mainly by women but an increasing number of men are discovering the game. Netball is played in over fifty countries and on all five continents.

The International Federation of Netball Associations governs world Netball, which was founded in 1960. Wales was a founder member.The IFNA Congress meets every two years and consists of delegates from member countries and representatives from each of the following regions: Asia, Americas, Africas, Europe and Oceania.

Events organised by IFNA include the World Championships which have been held every four years since 1963 and the World Youth Championship for U21 teams which has been held every four years since 1988. The world's leading netball countries are Australia and New Zealand and between them they have won all the world titles that have been played for so far.

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  Netball in Europe

Netball Europe governs netball in Europe.

Netball Europe member countries are currently England, Malta, N Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Israel and Gibraltar. Netball Europe organises Championships which are held annually at the following age groups: Open, U21 and U17. As well as the Netball Europe Championships, International matches are played regularly between the member countries.






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