Helen Housby called on netball decision-makers to ‘stand up and fight’ for the sport’s future as Coronavirus leaves prospects of professionalisation hanging in the balance.

The ongoing suspension of the Vitality Superleague – stripping clubs of 70 per cent of their income – is a hammer blow to the finances of a league that remains part-time.

With England Netball starting negotiations for a fresh domestic media rights deal this year, on which professionalisation seems to rest, Housby called for a bold approach.

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