The formidable girl gang were crowned Commonwealth champions earlier this year and recently awarded Team of the Year at BT Sport Action Woman of the Year.
If that wasn’t enough, England Netball this week announced the beginning of an exciting multi-year partnership with Nike.
With over 1.4 million women and girls playing netball every season, it’s the biggest female participation sport in the country. If that wasn’t enough to inspire you to give it a try, perhaps this empowering interview with England Netball’s Kadeen Corbin will…
Why should more women get involved in netball?
Women should get involved as it’s the number one female sport in the country. I believe the sport is so popular because it’s fun, competitive, and gives women the opportunity to connect with both old and new friends.
When I was 10, I went to my sister’s netball training session. During the session I saw a ball and started to have a go at shooting – I didn’t even touch the ring but that encouraged me to go back every week until it finally went in. I officially started playing netball at the age of 13 with my club, Troy Netball Club, in north London. My mum and aunty coached me and I remember my first U16 season – we lost every game, but with all those losses, it made us keep coming back wanting more than ever to win. We then went on to win the following season.
What would be your advice for women battling sexism in sport?
Be true to yourself, know you are a strong woman and you have a right to enjoy the sport you love and most importantly, have the courage to speak up.
Have any celebrities been supportive?
Denise Lewis in particular supported us throughout the Commonwealth Games, especially on finals day, and it was great to have such an iconic woman that you watched growing up watch you do what you love.
How does it feel to have Nike behind you?
To have Nike behind us feels unbelievable. The passion that Nike has about sport in general is next to none. When you look at the media, you tend to see more male sports but to get the backing for netball, which is predominantly female, is a big step and an opportunity to make a difference and to showcase what netball is about.
What more would you love to see for women’s netball?
I would love to see every Vitality Netball Superleague game shown on TV to showcase how great our sport is and to give our dedicated fans a chance to never miss a game. I would also like to continue to see more women getting involved in the sport.