England Netball, in partnership with Liverpool City Council, UK Sport and ACC Liverpool, has submitted a bid to the International Netball Federation (INF) to host the Netball World Cup 2019.
The ACC Liverpool complex and the new four-star Pullman hotel at the site are part of the bid package.
Launching the bid, England Netball Chairman Cheryl Danson OBE said: “Liverpool is an iconic city immersed in sport and would be the perfect host to showcase the Netball World Cup 2019. Through ACC Liverpool we are able to offer the INF a single site venue that includes the competition arena, training venue, INF Congress venue and event hotel.
“To ensure a lasting impact from the INF’s flagship event, we want to create a step change in knowledge transfer that supports the INF in its ambition to develop the game world-wide. Within our bid we have a budget to support emerging nation delegates coming to Liverpool to attend the INF Congress, be part of the tournament observer programme and exchange ideas to develop the sport at every level.”
The bid forms part of UK Sport’s Gold Event Series, a programme investing £40m of National Lottery funding to bring up to 100 of the world’s most prestigious sporting events to the UK by 2023.
The bid also intends accessing the UK’s ‘Be Inspired’ ticketing database inherited from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Liverpool recently signed a 10-year agreement with England Netball to stage its major events up to 2024.
Roberto Martinez, Manager of Everton Football Club, also offered his support to the Liverpool bid saying: “Sport is the lifeblood of this city and creates passion among its people whatever their team, or activity, or league. Whilst the world may be currently tuned into the World Cup, we must remember the importance of all sports in encouraging support and participation both now and as a lasting legacy. I have no doubt that Liverpool would do netball proud if the Netball World Cup was held in the city.”
Royal Birkdale in Liverpool, meanwhile, is set to host the 2017 Open Golf Championship and this year’s Open begins 17 July at Royal Liverpool.
Chris Brown, Director of Marketing Liverpool, said: “The announcement of The Open Championship’s return to the city region in 2017 is well-timed, coming as final preparations are being made for this year’s tournament at Royal Liverpool. The Open Championship provides an obvious boost for hotels, restaurants and attractions as thousands of visitors from around the world come during the week of the championship. The decision to bring the Claret Jug back for the fourth time in 11 years speaks volumes.”
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