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Tracey Anne Neville MBE (born 21 January 1977) is a retired English netball player and ex head coach of the England national netball team. Neville was the England team coach for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, leading England to Gold against the hosts Australia, winning 52-51 at the Gold Coast.

Tracey Neville
Personal information
Full name Tracey Anne Neville
Born (1977-01-21) 21 January 1977 (age 42)
Bury, Greater Manchester, England
Height 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m)[1]
Relatives Gary Neville (brother)
Phil Neville (brother)
Netball career
Playing position(s): WA, GA
Years Club team(s) Apps
?–? Leeds Met Carnegie
Years National team(s) Caps
1993–2008  England 81[2]
Coaching career
Years Team(s)
2011 Team Northumbria
2011–15 Manchester Thunder
2015–2019 England

Early lifeEdit

Neville was born into an athletic family. Her mother, Jill, at one time was General Manager and Club Secretary for English Football League club Bury. Her father Neville Neville was a former professional cricketer and former director of the club, while her mother used to play netball in the local leagues.[1][3] Her twin brother is Phil Neville, head coach of the England women's national football team, and her older brother is Gary Neville; both were professional footballers and represented the England National Team.[4][5] Neville attended Elton High School in Bury along with her older brother and her twin. She started playing netball at county level when she was 14.[4][6]

Playing careerEdit

Neville played for Leeds Met Carnegie in the British Netball Superleague, after being out injured for two years, and worked as a fitness coach for Leeds Metropolitan University's sports department. She also earned a degree in nutrition and sport science from the University of Chester.[7] She first represented her country in 1993 and competed for England in the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games. A serious knee injury forced her to retire from the game in 2008.[8]

Coaching careerEdit

Since retiring, Neville has been dedicated to raising the profile of netball throughout the country and also took up coaching.[2] She runs the Tracey Neville Netball Academy at Sedbergh School during summer term break and personally coaches young girls interested in the game. In January 2011, Neville was named coach of Team Northumbria.[9] October 2011 she was appointed director of netball at Manchester-based Superleague club Manchester Thunder.[10] In March 2015 Neville was appointed interim coach of the England netball team.[11] The appointment was made permanent in September 2015.[12] At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, at the Gold Coast in Australia, she coached England to win the gold medal, which was England's first ever netball gold medal.[13] After coaching England to a bronze medal at the 2019 World Cup, Neville retired from the role.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to netball.[15]

In September 2019 Neville announced she was pregnant.[16] Later that month she announced that she had previously suffered a miscarriage.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Tracey Neville: Natural successor to family business". independent.co.uk. 23 August 1998.
  2. ^ a b "The first Neville to go into management". The Journal. 25 February 2011.
  3. ^ George, Thomas (23 August 2019). "Bury FC face D-day on league expulsion: everything you need to know". The Bury Times. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  4. ^ a b "My Sport: Tracey Neville". telegraph.co.uk. 7 December 2004.
  5. ^ "England women: Phil Neville announced as new head coach on deal to 2021". BBC News Online. 23 January 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  6. ^ "The Neville Neville Stand". buryfc.co.uk. 20 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Another hot shot in Neville family". Liverpool Echo. 8 November 2007.
  8. ^ "Tracey's sporting chance for kids". Manchester Evening News. 18 July 2008.
  9. ^ "Netball: Tracey Neville begins latest chapter". Evening Chronicle. 22 January 2011.
  10. ^ "Tracey Neville handed head job at Northern Thunder". BBC Sport. 12 October 2011.
  11. ^ "England Netball have replaced head coach Anna Mayes with Tracey Neville". Sky Sports. 27 March 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Tracey Neville appointed England netball coach on permanent basis". Sky Sports. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Commonwealth Games: England shock Australia to win netball gold". BBC. 15 April 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Tracey Neville to leave England role after Netball World Cup to start family". The Guardian. 3 June 2019.
  15. ^ "No. 61450". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2015. p. N22.
  16. ^ "Tracey Neville: Former England netball head coach is pregnant". 11 September 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  17. ^ "Netball: Tracey Neville had a miscarriage day after England Commonwealth gold". 24 September 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.