Excitement is mounting as Africa’s first Netball World Cup is officially a couple of days away. All the action is taking place at Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 28 July until 6 August.
The City of Cape Town officially welcomed the competing nations to Cape Town during a flag ceremony last Friday, hoisting the flags of each participating nation.
All 16 competing nations have arrived in the Mother City and training sessions are well underway.
This week, the teams focus on their physicality and tactics in preparation for a true test of diverse play as the margins between the top nations are at their narrowest.
With the top five ranked teams – Australia, New Zealand, England, Jamaica, and South Africa – being fan favourites, all eyes are on the SPAR Proteas as they compete with home-ground advantage.
Having the Netball World Cup on the African continent is a historic moment for the sport, the country, the players and of course, the people, said Mayco member JP Smith.
“On behalf of the City and all the stakeholders involved in putting this tournament together, I’d like to welcome all the participating nations to our beautiful city – we are excited to host you and this momentous tournament in Cape Town.”
“May all of you embrace the true spirit of sportsmanship and continue to inspire many young girls across the globe and contribute to the growth and legacy of Netball. I hope that you have a memorable experience during your stay here,” he added.
South Africa has long been among the top-ranked nations in netball.
During the preliminary stages, South Africa is grouped with Jamaica, Wales and Sri Lanka in Group C. Watch the SPAR Proteas in action LIVE at CTICC or at the official Cape Town Fan Park:
- Friday, 28 July at 6pm – South Africa vs Wales
- Saturday, 29 July at 4pm – South Africa vs Sri Lanka
- Sunday, 30 July at 6pm– South Africa vs Jamaica
For all the Cape Town gees and netball festivities, the public is encouraged to come out and enjoy a free all-day experience at the 2023 Netball World Cup Cape Town Fan Park located on Walter Sisulu Avenue between Heerengracht and Buitengracht.
There will be a hive of daily activities featuring live entertainment, interactive games and all sorts of activations from 07:00 until the end of the final NWC game of the day.
Tickets for the 2023 Netball World Cup are available here.
Written by Murray Swart for Cape ETC.
Feature Image: CoCT