ONE OF the top figures in UK netball will head a new Wasps netball team into the expanded Vitality Netball Superleague next year in what is a ground breaking move in English sport.
Tamsin Greenway, currently the coach of the England under-21 team, has signed up for Wasps Netball which will join up with defending champions Surrey Storm, newcomers Severn Stars and Scottish Sirens, as well as six other teams in the Superleague which kicks off in February 2017.
Greenway, who coached Surrey Storm to the Superleague title last year, has competed in three World Cups and one Commonwealth Games and won back-to-back national elite Superleague titles with Storm.
Greenway is in charge of player recruitment and is relishing the opportunity to put together a competitive team that can inspire the region’s girls and women to take part in netball.
She said: “I am thrilled and excited about joining Wasps Netball. It’s a real honour to be part of such a fantastic organisation and I look forward to the huge challenge of developing a brand new Superleague team.
“Netball is my passion and the opportunity to work with the team at Wasps, to play week in week out at the Ricoh Arena and on a personal note, to return to my roots in the Midlands, is just incredible and an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. I can’t wait to get started and look forward to the exciting season ahead.
“After seven incredible seasons at Surrey Storm, I feel now is the right time for me to take on a new challenge. I would like to personally thank all the team behind the scenes at Storm, my support staff over the years, the players, team mates and of course our exceptional fans for the amazing journey we have all been on.
“The last few years have been a special time for me as both a player and a coach, I am extremely proud of what we achieved at Storm, and I wish the future team all the best moving forward.”
Wasps Netball will play its home games in the Ricoh Arena’s Jaguar Exhibition Hall and will train at the University of Warwick, while also working with the sports science team at Coventry University.
Lisa Dodd-Mayne, Director of Sport & Active Communities at University of Warwick added: “Sport is hugely important to the University and we are committed to working with Wasps to bring some talented athletes to the city, providing benefits to both our internal university community as well as being a key player in the wider sporting landscape of the city.
“This provides an opportunity for young people to have a dual career as athlete and student, and we look forward to providing development pathways with education programmes with Wasps and Tamsin.”
The ten teams invited to take part in the 2017 Vitality Netball Superleague: Celtic Dragons, Hertfordshire Mavericks, Loughborough Lightning, Manchester Thunder, Scottish Sirens, Severn Stars, Surrey Storm, Team Bath, Team Northumbria, Wasps Netball.