Established by Royal Charter in 1997, UK Sport is responsible for investing around £100 million of public funds each year – from both the National Lottery and the Exchequer – across the high performance system.
Accountable to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), UK Sport has a very clear remit at the ‘top end’ of Britain’s sporting pathway, with no direct involvement in community or school sport.
UK Sport’s well-established International Development department is recognised worldwide; working in partnership with International Federations, National Governing Bodies and partners, such as Unicef and the British Council, to deliver programmes which increase participation, support quality workforce development and raise awareness of health and social development through sport education programmes.
UK Sport first entered into an agreement with INF in 2008 to help netball grow and develop in the African Region. This project will continue through to March 2017. The work in the Africa Regions seeks to increase the number of girls and women participating from grass roots to elite levels and to raise awareness of cross cutting themes such as safeguarding/child protection which impact directly on INF members. This will be achieved by embedding Netball in areas of policy influence, sport development, sport for development and legacy.
From 2017 until 2020 UK Sport has committed to working with England Netball and the organising committee ot the Netball World Cup Liverpool 2019 to support INF’s international development goals.
Commonwealth Games Federation
The Commonwealth is an association of independent sovereign states spread over every continent and ocean. From Africa to Asia, the Pacific shores to the Caribbean, the Commonwealth’s two billion people make up 30% of the world’s population and are of many faiths, races, languages, cultures and traditions.
The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is the organisation that is responsible for the direction and control of the Commonwealth Games, netball’s senior international competition. As a means of improving society and the general well being of the people of the Commonwealth, the CGF also encourages and assists education via sport development and physical recreation.
Underlying every decision made by the CGF are three core values:- Humanity, Equality, Destiny. These values help to inspire and unite millions of people and symbolise the broad mandate of the CGF within the Commonwealth.
The CGF entered into an agreement with UK Sport and INF in 2008 to grow and develop netball in the Africa Region. The CGF were keen to see the high performance gap in netball nations close and thus give more credibility to international competitions.
Netball is a compulsory Commonwealth Games Sport.
Peace and Sport/L’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport
A neutral and apolitical international initiative based in the Principality of Monaco, Peace and Sport/ L’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport puts sport and its values at the heart of local development projects conducted within communities in crisis around the world. Exercising its missions in post-conflict zones, areas of extreme poverty or lacking social cohesion, Peace and Sport makes sport a vehicle for tolerance, respect, sharing and citizenship at the service of sustainable peace.
Peace and Sport was founded by Olympic medallist, world champion Modern Pentathlete Joel Bouzou, the current President of the organisation. Placed under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, and supported by governments, world sport governing bodies, international organisations, major international private companies and international sports champions, Peace and Sport creates synergies between different stakeholders based on four different activities:
- The annual Peace and Sport International Forum
- An online community for peace and sport
- The Peace and Sport Awards, to reward individuals and initiatives contributing to peace
- Locally-based Projects; concrete actions in different regions of crisis in the world.
Today, Peace and Sport has operations in Cote d’Ivoire, Haiti, Israel-Palestine, Timor Leste, Colombia and in Burundi.
In Burundi, the INF and Peace and Sport joined together to introduce netball through a project, Netball for Peace. The project won a JAPPO Award in the Sports Humanitarian Category at the 2012 Africa International Sports Convention (CISA) for making a ‘significant contribution to peace and the promotion of sport in Africa’.
Netball was also one of the ten new sports featured in the third annual Friendship Games in Africa in July 2012. The Games, organised by Peace and Sport, are the centrepiece of an extensive peace-building programme which uses sport to encourage the process of national unity and ethnic reconciliation in the Great Lakes region.
World Academy of Sport
The World Academy of Sport was established in June 2005, and formally launched in December of the same year. The Academy provides world leading educational programmes to international sporting federations and their member constituents around the world.
The World Academy of Sport offers a range of educational programmes with a truly global reach creating a centre of excellence and delivering world class education to the global sporting community.
The INF linked with the World Academy of Sport in 2006 under the banner of the Netball Academy to deliver world-class academic programmes that are in touch with industry trends and developments, for administrators, event organisers, former athletes and other members in the netball business.
Current and potential leaders within the global netball community can benefit from attending intensive residential executive education programmes that cover topics including: Athlete Performance Pathways, International Event Management and Sports Federation Management.
Modules from this executive series have also been tailored and delivered successfully as bespoke education programmes for the INF Member National Federations at the INF Congress, and around other international netball events.
The Post Graduate Certificate in Sport Management, delivered in partnership with the Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL) is also available for students, athletes and those wishing to gain entry into netball management.
Gilbert Netball provides the official INF ball and officials’ clothing for all international netball events, including the INF Netball World Cup and INF Netball World Youth Cup, INF worldwide Regional Championships, and the Fast5 Netball World Series.
Leaders in sports ball engineering for over 180 years, Gilbert brought their unrivalled experience to netball in the 1990s, and have gone on to produce the best-performing patented grip pattern available. Gilbert has perfected the use of new synthetic technologies – as seen with the INF Official Ball. The Gilbert ball is the choice of many of the world’s leading netball teams and tournaments, and most of the world’s leading netballing nations use it exclusively.
Gilbert netball kit is also becoming the first choice for netballers at all levels. As well as INF officials, many national sides have chosen Gilbert team clothing.