|Role:||Head Coach to the England Netball Team|
Tracey Anne Neville MBE (born 21 January 1977) is a retired English netball player and head coach of the England national netball team.
Neville attended Elton High School in Bury along with her older brother Gary and twin Phil. She started playing netball at county level when she was 14.
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.
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.
Since retiring, Neville has been dedicated to raising the profile of netball throughout the country and also took up coaching. 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. October 2011 she was appointed director of netball at Manchester-based Superleague club Manchester Thunder.
In March 2015 Neville was appointed interim coach of the England netball team. The appointment was made permanent in September 2015.
She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to netball.
Neville was born in an athletic family. 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.
Her mother Jill is General Manager and Club Secretary for English Football League club Bury.
Her father Neville Neville was a former professional cricketer and her mother used to play netball in the local leagues
Article – 2018
England head coach Tracey Neville says her side will be “unbeatable” in a world final with the Commonwealth Games and a home World Cup on the horizon.
Only two teams – Australia and New Zealand – have ever claimed gold at a major international competition.
England last contested a World Cup final in 1975, but Neville believes the gap to the top two nations is closing.
“We’re so close. We’ve been working on a winning mentality and at our best we can beat anyone,” she told BBC Sport.
“Any England team in a final, I think we’ll be unbeatable.”
Ahead of April’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, England face New Zealand, Australia and South Africa in the fourth edition of the Quad Series.
The Roses play New Zealand at the Copper Box in London on Saturday – a match you can watch live on the BBC – before hosting world champions Australia on Monday, 22 January and travelling to Johannesburg to play South Africa on 28 January.
England will then welcome the Netball World Cup for a third time, with Liverpool hosting the event in July 2019.
Article – 2016
Should England win the Netball World Cup, the ramifications for English football could be significant. Sibling rivalry can fuel ambition. And Tracey Neville, head coach of the England netball team, already has monstrously ambitious siblings.
Twin brother Phil and older brother Gary amassed almost 1,000 Premier League appearances between them, plus 14 Premier League titles, six FA Cup and three Champions League triumphs. Oh, and they also won 144 England caps. But, as Tracey is keen to point out, “they’re not in a situation where they can win a World Cup”.
Not yet. But with Gary ensconced in the England coaching set-up and Phil now assistant manager of Valencia, following a stint under David Moyes at Manchester United, the one-upmanship at Neville family gatherings might go up a notch if Tracey leads England to their first world title in Australia.
But on the eve of the Netball World Cup, which starts in Sydney on Friday, Tracey is acutely aware that there is a fine line between earning bragging rights within her famous family and that famous family name earning her and her team unwelcome attention, should things go wrong.
“Being a Neville is only a positive when you’re successful,” says Neville, who played 81 times for England before a knee injury forced her to retire in 2008.
“My family has been in the public eye for many different reasons, so I’m used to media interest. But a lot of that media interest has been bad.
“That’s something I’ve been really honest to my bosses about. They’ll get more people wanting to interview me, my name will promote netball and gain more followers. But if they put me out there as their shop window and that window gets smashed, they’ll have to deal with that as well.”
History suggests that Neville should pull up the shutters, because the England netball team, like the England football team, are perennial underachievers.
England have one silver medal to show from 13 previous World Cups, 10 of which were won by Australia. It is New Zealand, not England, who have been Australia’s great rivals, the Silver Ferns having won four world titles (the 1979 version was shared between Australia, New Zealand and Trinidad and Tobago).
Currently ranked third in the world, England finished fourth at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow before losing a Test series in Jamaica, results that hastened the sacking of Anna Mayes in March.
The 38-year-old Neville, who had led Manchester Thunder to two Superleague titles in three years while garnering a reputation as the most innovative coach in the game, was swiftly appointed as Mayes’s interim successor. England Netball expect a medal in Australia and World Cup glory on home soil in 2019. No pressure. And not much in the way of praise from her brothers, either.
“They’re massively proud but they also expect it,” says Neville, whose Thunder outfit suffered a shock defeat in the Superleague semi-final play-offs in April, having gone through the regular season unbeaten in 14 matches.
“There was an expectation that I would be England manager. They do demand a lot of me. But I’ve told the girls that I’m not a magician. This is about having passion and showing it on court. That’s the only thing I’ll ever ask of this team.”
But Geva Mentor, England’s outstanding talent, reveals there is a whole lot more to Neville’s coaching methods than getting the girls to sing the anthem with gusto and play with plenty of oomph.
“I love what she’s doing,” says the England captain, who plays her club netball down under in the ANZ Championship. “She’s only had us a short amount of time but I can see the difference in terms of the mindset and fitness, where we are going and what we want to do. She gets the best out of you.”