Roses make history bringing home Silver at Netball World Cup

The England Vitality Roses have made history this weekend by competing in their first ever World Cup final against the Australian Diamonds in Cape Town, South Africa.

Despite being just pipped to the post for the top spot by the Diamonds, England still placed their highest position in World Cup history by coming second – after securing Bronze in the 2019 World Cup in Liverpool.

As well as this, the Roses also made history by beating Australia in the group stages – the first time ever they have defeated the Diamonds in a World Cup, narrowly taking the lead in the final minute and winning 55-56 over the Aussies.

This World Cup the Roses had another motivation, with the #BrasForHer initiative meaning that for every goal scored by the England side a sports bra would be donated by Nike to young girls at the clubs which started the Roses on their journeys. 86% of girls and women report breast health being a barrier to sport, and this initiative aims to tackle that at a grassroots level.

A huge 522 goals were scored by England during the duration of the World Cup, and will translate to 522 sports bras donated. Two local West Midlands clubs, Parkside and Dudley Leisure, were the first clubs of two England Roses – Laura Malcolm and Layla Guscoth – and will benefit from this initiative.

Congratulations England Vitality Roses – World Cup Silver Medalists!