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Yorkshire Jets to shut down in September after loss of Netball Superleague franchise

Yorkshire Jets to shut down in September after loss of Netball Superleague franchise
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Yorkshire Jets set for September closure

Yorkshire Jets have announced that they are to be wound up as a result of England Netball’s decision not to award a Superleague franchise to the region.

Jets announced last month they had lost their place in the newly-expanded 10-team Superleague for 2017, which sees three new entrants in Scottish Sirens, Severn Stars and Wasps.

Mariana Pexton, Chair of Yorkshire Jets, said: “We have spent the past few weeks assessing the options for the future of Yorkshire Jets following England Netball’s decision not to award us a place in the Netball Superleague.

“It has been a difficult period for all involved and we have been overwhelmed by the support we have received through the media and social media. Thank you to everyone who got in touch – from across Yorkshire, the netball family and around the world.

“The overwhelming public sentiment has echoed what we feel – sadness, shock and great disappointment at the removal of Yorkshire, a county of five million people, from a place in the country’s premier domestic netball competition.

“Yorkshire Jets main role as an organisation has been to produce a Superleague squad, organise matches and run the well-regarded Athlete Development Programmes. England Netball have asked Yorkshire Netball to be responsible for the Performance Pathway going forward.

England international Stacey Francis was at Yorkshire Jets last season

“As a result of these factors, and despite the hard work, commitment and passion from everyone, Yorkshire Jets is left with no role and no other option but to wind up Yorkshire Jets. Its operations will cease in September 2016.

“Jets will continue with the Athlete Development Programmes and camps that are running through summer 2016, helping to prepare athletes for the forthcoming season.

 “We would like to place on record a huge thank you to the all the athletes, coaches, management team, volunteers and parents that have been a part of the Jets family. We wish netballers in Yorkshire success for the future, and wish the best of luck to the successful franchises for 2017. 

“There is no doubt that losing our experience and expertise, on and off court, and those brilliant female role models, means that this is a sad day for netball and for women’s sport in Yorkshire.”

Former Jet Natalie Haythornthwaite was the league’s Player of the Season in 2015

Pam Hoyle, Chair of Yorkshire Netball, added: “Yorkshire Netball supported the bid by Yorkshire Jets to represent the region in the Superleague and we continue to be extremely disappointed neither Jets nor Yorkshire will have a franchise in the UK’s leading domestic competition. It is a sad day for the sport in the region.

“We have been asked by England Netball to continue to run the performance pathway, to ensure Yorkshire’s talented young netballers have the best opportunities to succeed at the highest level, and we will do all we can to fulfil that important role.”

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