Goodform Fan Panel: Netball Seen As Top Growth Sport

By Community | August 7, 2019

As summers of sport go, it doesn’t get much better than 2019 for fans in the UK

They’ve witnessed arguably the most exciting cricket match of all time as an unforgettable ICC Cricket World Cup drew to an even more unforgettable close to see England crowned Champions.

There have been semi-final runs for England’s Vitality Roses at the Netball World Cup, and the Lionesses at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, and fans were treated to the longest Wimbledon men’s final of all time (if they could drag their eyes from the Cricket going on at the same time) and near flawless tennis from one of the newest stars as she demolished a great champion to claim the women’s title.

And all of this before a home Ashes series, and a Rugby World Cup to look forward to later in the year.

In Goodform’s Sports Fan Panel latest research (see the details below), netball tops the list of sports that fans perceive to be ‘growing,’ highlighting the impact of Commonwealth success and a home world cup on the sport.

Cycling too fares well, ranking second ahead of Rugby and Football – suggesting that British Cycling’s aim of making Britain a true cycling nation is well on its way.

Formula E (recently voted by those in the industry as the biggest growing sport) completes the Top 5, highlighting that the return of the London race for the 2020 season is sure to be a hit with the UK audience.

The Sports Fan Panel research shows, too, that there remains a huge amount of positivity towards hosting major events in the UK.


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