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    The Sirens

    The Sirens are the first semiprofessional women’s netball team in Scotland. They are an outstanding group of high performance athletes from across the world, who will have both a significant and positive impact on women’s sport in Scotland, and will act as exemplary role models for all. UWS shares the team’s vision of excellence and ambition to establish Scottish netball as one of the world’s best.

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    Sirens kick off the new 10 team Vitality Netball Superleague this month in style at the £113m Emirates Arena, Glasgow.

    Whether you are a netball fan or not, this is a season opener you don’t want to miss. Spectators are being promised a fantastic day out as some of the best players in the world battle it out on court.

    Catch all the excitement and exhilaration of the opening game against Wasps Netball on 21st February 2017 with exclusive offers for UWS students and staff.

    Join the crowd and support Scotland’s new and only professional netball team.

    Purchase a season ticket and claim your exclusive Sirens Superfan wristband at the new Sirens website. These can be collected at the Superfan Zone at the match on the 21st February 2017.

    UWS playing a key role in delivery of new Scottish netball franchise

    UWS is playing a key role in the delivery of the Sirens, Scotland’s brand new and only professional netball team who will play in a UK-wide national league and generate international interest. The University is a key partner of the team, whose final line-up of players was announced on 21 October 2016.

    UWS involvement with the Sirens builds on the strong links it already enjoys with Netball Scotland, which was awarded one of ten team franchise places in the Sky broadcast 2017 Vitality Netball Superleague earlier this year.

    The Sirens are set to change the game with a superb global team of athletes and an experienced and determined management team. Based in the £113 million Emirates Arena in Glasgow, and supported by UWS, the Sirens are set to make a big impact from the outset.

    Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of UWS, said: “The introduction of the Sirens franchise to the Vitality Netball Superleague is a hugely important development not just for netball but for sport, especially women’s sport, across Scotland. We are absolutely delighted that UWS will be playing such an important role in supporting this development and in creating success for the team over the coming seasons. The Sirens comprise an incredible group of athletes who I am sure will make a huge impact on the league when it gets underway in February 2017. We share the team’s vision of excellence and ambition to establish Scottish netball as world-leading.”

    Head Coach Gail Parata and Franchise Director Karen McElveen have carefully selected the Sirens team that embodies their vision and mission: Strength, Skill and Style. The team includes eight athletes from Scotland, with a mixture of experience and young-gun talent, and a national athlete from Northern Ireland. But, the Sirens have also managed to secure three world-class netballing superstars - Jamaican internationals, Carla Borrego and Althea Byfield, as well as Ellen Halpenny from New Zealand - to help them to compete for the League title in year one.

    CEO of Netball Scotland Claire Nelson said: “We have worked hard to bring together this amazing team of players and back-room staff. I’d like to thank my team and our sponsors for their support. Sirens are here, ready for action and most definitely ready to change the game, not just for netball, for women’s sport as a whole. We are so looking forward to the start of the season so that we can show just what this team is made of.”

    The new national franchise team, which will be developed in partnership with the University, will join the top-flight domestic league when the new season gets underway in February and the Sirens will compete alongside one Welsh and eight English teams, showcasing the best of the UK’s netball talent to the British public.

    Professor Mahoney added: “Our involvement with the Sirens franchise will bring significant opportunities, for netball and for the University. Proposals for multidisciplinary project work by UWS research students will see close involvement with the Sirens in sport performance support and sport and community development activities. UWS undergraduate students will be involved in a range of events management projects as well as ongoing promotional support. For the University the collaboration will help raise awareness of UWS in new markets, at home and internationally, and bring mutual benefits through brand association. UWS is proud to be linked to this exciting sports opportunity and to be supporting the development of netball in Scotland and further afield."

    The University, which is committed to equality and was recently awarded the Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award for its advancement of the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM), is delighted to be supporting such an important development for women’s sport in Scotland.