Women's Sports: Red Bull Netball Switch Up returns to Manchester

Red Bull Switch Up

Following the record-breaking Netball World Cup last summer, which saw 6.1 million UK adults follow or attend the tournament (YouGov), Red Bull is bringing its one-of-a-kind netball tournament, Red Bull Switch Up, to Manchester's EventCity on Saturday 23rd November.

Red Bull Switch Up continues the buzz and hype that surrounds the sport in the UK, which has seen interest in netball for both men and women expand rapidly. The tournament will see female teams from across the UK of all abilities battle it out on half a court under new rules to provide the ultimate test of versatility. Red Bull Switch Up breaks from netball tradition, with a unique set of rules designed to provide the ultimate proof of versatility. 

Teams of four players per side compete for two five-minute halves on a half-court with just one goal. With new set positions – and everyone able to shoot – the game champions the best', all-round player.' There will be two scoring zones, goals scored inside the D will score one point, and outside the D will score three points.

Following record-breaking viewership for the Netball World Cup last summer, 4.8 million people agreed that the tournament helped raise the profile of women's sports in the UK (YouGov). Red Bull Switch Up is now aiming to continue the buzz and excitement that surrounds the growth of the sport.

Speaking of netball in the UK, ex-England player, Tamsin Greenway said, "after a massive year for netball it's great to see tournaments such as Red Bull Switch Up continuing that hype and passion for the sport here in the UK.

The best thing about Red Bull Switch Up is that it's fully inclusive and it'll be great to see women of all levels supporting one another but also inspiring others to get involved. It's a fantastic way to champion the growing talent we have here in the UK and to allow for players to get the recognition they deserve."

Last year, Red Bull Switch Up took place in London's Copper Box with the Mixed Nets dominating the tournament and being crowned champions. Speaking after their win last year, captain Jen Walsh
said: "The girls shot brilliantly. We kept up the defensive pressure, and it just went in our favour. As reigning champions, I think we'll have to come back next year to defend our title." 

Now in its fourth year, there is availability for 100 all-female teams to enter the Red Bull Switch Up event and showcase their skills at one of the country's best sporting facilities.

GiveMeSport Women will enter a team this year, why not get your girls together and get involved? To enter a team for this year's Red Bull Netball Switch Up.

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