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February 2, 2021 by Tom Bonnett

England Netball announce Vitality Netball Superleague dates!

Surrey Storm will begin 2021 Superleague action with a double-header against London Pulse and Saracens Mavericks on Saturday 13th and Friday 14th February!

 

England Netball today announced the Vitality Netball Superleague season will be played at two Central Venues due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

 

The national governing body for netball in England has announced a significant new multi-year broadcast deal with Sky Sports UK.

 

The partnership will see every match of the Vitality Netball Superleague 2021 season broadcast across Sky Sports channels (each game will be available for fans to watch live in some format across YouTube or Sky Sports Mix/ Arena), giving the competition its greatest exposure to date.

 

The Vitality Netball Superleague will be returning on 12 February 2021 featuring 11 teams, with the addition of newcomers Leeds Rhinos. The 2021 season, which is set to be the most competitive and exciting yet, will feature some big-name signings from across the world of netball, ready to showcase their skills on court and make their mark on the competition as the domestic game returns on home soil.

 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic the decision was made to host the Vitality Netball Superleague behind closed doors across two venues this season, to enable strict and consistent COVID-19 protocols to be in place for all games, supported by an extensive season-long testing programme across the league. The season will get underway at Studio 001 in Wakefield for the first nine weeks and move to the Copper Box Arena in London for the remaining fixtures.

 

Surrey Storm will begin the season against local rivals London Pulse on Saturday 13th February, before taking on Saracens Mavericks on Sunday 14th February – view the full fixture list HERE.

 

Surrey Storm Director of Netball and Player/Coach Mikki Austin said: “We are super excited and relieved to finally say we are getting underway.

 

“So much work has gone into making this season happen so we are super excited to have a start date.

 

“The netball community are going to be so excited, and the exposure of our sport has never been higher with every game being shown televised on Sky Sports TV and YouTube.

 

“We are of course disappointed that the fans won’t be with us – the Surrey Storm fans are so die hard and passionate and we usually sell out SSP months before the season gets underway.

 

“Not having them there in person is a tough pill to swallow, but knowing they will be supporting from their homes makes us very happy.

 

“We are so excited to finally get going.”

 

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