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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
Published January 22nd 2013
Catch some of the world's best sports stars in Birmingham
Top World Class Sporting Events in Birmingham

England Netball, Australia, international netball series Birmingham NIA
England Netball players prepare to play in Birmingham


The Olympic rush may be over but sports fans have plenty to look forward to in Birmingham in the early part of the year.

Here are just a few of the highlights:

INTERNATIONAL NETBALL
England Netball v World Champions Australia - January 26
Birmingham NIA

England Netball, Australia, international netball series Birmingham NIA
England Netball players prepare to play in Birmingham

England Netball captain Pamela Cookey will lead team mates including Sara Bayman against the best netball team in the world - Australia.

Speaking ahead of the final match in the international three-match series in Birmingham, England Head Coach Anna Mayes said: "We have a nice blend of young talent and experienced players and it's really exciting to have Natalie Haythornthwaite after she showed some good performances at the World University Games.

We are incredibly excited about challenging the world number one side over three matches on home soil."
Tickets cost 20 adults, 12 juniors or 52 family ticket from The Ticket Factory: www.theticketfactory.com or 0844 338 8000.

WORLD CLASS ATHLETICS
British Athletics Grand Prix - February 16, 1pm - 4.30pm
Birmingham NIA


British Athletics Grand Prix at Birmingham NIA
Team GB athletic stars will get off the blocks in Birmingham


Birmingham has become one of the biggest indoor events of the athletics calendar over recent years.

This year is no different with some of the most popular Olympic Team GB track and field heroes set to be in action including double gold winner Mo Farah.

Farah previously broke the British and Indoor two mile record at this venue, so it has fond memories for him.

The event throughout the afternoon includes the 60m sprint, pole vault, high jump and 60m hurdles. There's plenty of sporting action to keep all ages entertained and usually has guest appearances from top former athletes and Spike, the UK Athletics mascot.

Tickets cost from 15-50. Ticket Hotline 0844 338 8000

CROSS COUNTRY
UKA McCain UK Cross Country Trials - March 9
Cofton Park, Longbridge

The final event iin the series will include the UK Inter Counties and UK Cross Challenge final. Runners will be competing for the chance to qualify for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, so there should be plenty of established cross country stars.
Cofton Park is close to Longbridge train station.

THE INSIDE TRACK
An Audience With John Motson - March 11, 7.30pmBirmingham Town Hall
An Audience with John Motson
Legendary football commentator John Motson

Football broadcasting legend John Motson, aka Motty, reveals some of the highlights of his 40 years as a regular on BBC1's Match of the Day, Grandstand and Football Focus at this unique chance to get up-close to the broadcaster.

Former ITV sports presenter Gary Newbon comperes the night. Expect to hear the inside track on the footballing world.
Tickets cost 16.50.Box Office 0121 780 4949.

PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALL
West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa Football Teams
Birmingham and the regions boasts two football teams in the Premiership - West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa.
They both have their fair share of celebrity fans that you occasionally may spot at the match including comedian Frank Skinner and TV presenter Adrian Chiles for WBA, and Prince William and Tom Hanks for Aston Villa.

West Bromwich Albion home games taking place at The Hawthorns, in West Bromwich:
v Tottenham - Sunday February 3, 1.30pm
v Sunderland - Saturday February 23, 3pm
v Swansea - Saturday March 9, 3pm
v Arsenal - Saturday April 6, 3pm
v Newcastle - Saturday April 20, 3pm
v Wigan - Saturday May 4, 3pm
v Manchester Utd - Sunday May 19, 4pm (final game of the season)
Tickets from WBA Tickets

Aston Villa home games at Villa Park, Aston:
v West Ham - Sunday February 10, 1.30pm
v Manchester City - Monday March 4, 8pm
v QPR - Saturday March 16, 3pm
v Liverpool - Sunday March 31, 1.30pm
v Fulham - Saturday April 13, 3pm
v Sunderland - Saturday April 27, 3pm
v Chelsea - Sunday May 12, 3pm
Tickets from Aston Villa Ticketing
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Why? world class sports and events to see
When: From January to May
Where: Birmingham NIA, Birmingham Town Hall, Cofton Park, Aston Villa FC, West Bromwich Albion FC
Cost: Various. up to 50 a ticket
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