The Netball World Youth Cup 2017 is being held in Gabarone, Botswana. This is the first time a major netball event has come to Africa. Botswana is centrally located in the heart of Southern Africa. It shares borders with Zambia in the north, Namibia in the north-west, Zimbabwe in the north-east and South Africa in the south. Gaborone is the Capital City of Botswana and what makes Gaborone so unique, is that the visitor can enjoy all the familiar modern conveniences of home, but can gain entry into rural Africa, or wildlife areas, within minutes – having then the best of both possible worlds.
English is the official language. Setswana, the national language, is the most widely spoken conversational language in Botswana.
The weather in July in Botswana is usually dry with cool temperatures in the morning and evening. The daytime averages are between 16C and 23C.
Botswana is well known for having some of the best wilderness and wildlife areas on the African continent. With a full 38 percent of its total land area devoted to national parks, reserves and wildlife management areas – for the most part unfenced, allowing animals to roam wild and free – travel through many parts of the country has the feeling of moving through an immense Nature wonderland. The stunning beauty of the Okavango Delta, the unimaginable vastness of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the isolation and other-worldliness of the Makgadikgadi, the astoundingly prolific wildlife of the Chobe National Park make Botswana a very unique destination.
The competition will be held indoors at two venues which are 2 -3 kilometers apart. Both venues will have a wooden sprung surface as per INF regulations. There will be spectator seating and facilities in the INF event manual. The second venue will not have air conditioning but is well ventilated and used for international conventions. There are the:
University of Botswana Indoor Venue & Ditshupo Hall
The state of the art multi-purpose sports venue has a sitting capacity of over 3000 and will be the main Competition Venue for the NWYC2017