Stacey Francis (born 1 January 1988) is an England netball international. She was a member of the England teams that won bronze medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and at the 2011 and 2015 Netball World Cups. At club level she has played for both Team Bath and Yorkshire Jets in the Netball Superleague, for Canterbury Tactix in the ANZ Championship and for West Coast Fever in Suncorp Super Netball. Between 2005–06 and 2013 she was a prominent member of the Team Bath squad as they won five Superleague titles. She played in the 2010 and 2013 grand finals and in both 2011 and 2013 she was named the Netball Superleague Player of the Season. In 2017 she was inducted into the University of Bath/Team Bath Hall of Fame for Sport.
Early life, family and education
Stacey is the daughter of Kevin Francis, a former professional footballer, and his wife, Sharon. She has a sister, Keisha. In her youth she played both association football and basketball before concentrating on netball. When Stacey was 17 her family emigrated to Canada. Stacey opted to remain in England to complete her education and pursue her netball career.
Stacey is originally from Bromsgrove and attended North Bromsgrove High School. From aged 14 she began playing for the Bromsgrove-based Ryland Netball Club. Between 2006 and 2009 she attended the University of Bath were she gained a BSc in Sports Performance. Between 2009 and 2013 she attended Cardiff Metropolitan University where she completed an MA in English.
- Team Bath
Francis began her senior career in 2005 with Team Bath, making two appearances during their final Super Cup campaign. In 2005–06, aged just 17, she was the youngest member of Team Bath's inaugural Netball Superleague squad. Between 2005–06 and 2013 she was a prominent member of the Team Bath squad as they won five Superleague titles. She was player of the match in the 2010 Netball Superleague Grand Final and made a second grand final appearance in 2013. In both 2011 and 2013 she was named the Netball Superleague Player of the Season. In 2017 she was inducted into the University of Bath/Team Bath Hall of Fame for Sport. In both 2018 and 2019 Francis returned to play for Team Bath as a guest in the British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championship.
- Yorkshire Jets
In 2015, after ten seasons playing for Team Bath, Francis joined Yorkshire Jets. She subsequently captained Jets during the 2016 Netball Superleague season.
- Surrey Storm
In 2017 Francis played for Surrey Storm as a guest in the British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championship.
Australia and New Zealand
- Canterbury Tactix
In 2011 Francis joined Canterbury Tactix. Her team mates at Tactix included fellow England international, Joanne Harten. However Francis missed half the 2012 ANZ Championship season through injury.
- West Coast Fever
After playing for England in the 2016 Netball Quad Series, Francis was approached by West Coast Fever of the Suncorp Super Netball. Francis played for West Coast Fever in the 2018 Suncorp Super Netball grand final.
Francis made her senior debut for England in September 2010 during an away series against Jamaica. She had previously represented England at under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels. She was subsequently a member of the England teams that won bronze medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and at the 2011 and 2015 Netball World Cups. She was also a member of the England team that won the 2011 World Netball Series. Francis made her 50th senior England appearance at the 2015 European Netball Championship in a match against Wales.
|2009 World Netball Series||4th|
|2010 Commonwealth Games|
|2010 World Netball Series|
|2011 World Netball Championships|
|2011 World Netball Series|
|2012 Fast5 Netball World Series|
|2013 Fast5 Netball World Series||6th|
|2014 Commonwealth Games||4th|
|2015 European Netball Championship|
|2015 Netball World Cup|
|2016 Netball Quad Series||3rd|
|2017 Netball Quad Series (August/September)||3rd|
|2019 tour of South Africa||n/a|
|2020 Netball Nations Cup||3rd|
Francis is in a relationship with her former Team Bath and England teammate, Sara Bayman. The couple got engaged in 2018.
- Fast5 Netball World Series
- Winners: 2011: 1
- Runners Up: 2010, 2012: 2
- Team Bath
- Netball Superleague
- Winners: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2013: 5
- West Coast Fever
- Suncorp Super Netball
- Runners Up: 2018: 1
- Netball Superleague Player of the Season
- 2011, 2013: 2