This year’s Netball World Cup in Liverpool inspired thousands of women to play the sport, according to a survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of England Netball.

New Zealand defeated Antipodean rivals Australia in the final, with England claiming the bronze medal.

A record-breaking 112,000 tickets were purchased, with all England games a complete sell out.

Serena Guthrie in action for England, who claimed the bronze medal Serena Guthrie in action for England, who claimed the bronze medal Serena Guthrie in action for England, who claimed the bronze medal

But the positive after effects of the tournament are still being felt, with England Netball calculating from the survey that 160,000 adult women who followed the tournament were inspired by the Vitality Netball World Cup to start playing netball or more netball.

After the event ended in July, England Netball recorded a 1000 per cent increase in visits to its online netball session finder compared to two weeks prior to the tournament.

Over 900 new schools registered for its U11 Bee Netball programme and 71 per cent of clubs say they had more people showing an interest in playing than before the tournament, according to England Netball’s Big Netball Conversation survey.