Tuesday, 08 August 2017
Young netball players aged 5-16 years from across the region have been honing their skills and having fun at a Netball Fever three-day programme held at Bolton School and run by Activate Sport.
On day one, the youngsters aged 5-16 years, were delighted to receive a visit from 21 year old Loughborough Lightning and England netball player Rebekah Airey. The international joined in with the netball players’ drills and games and spoke to them about her career so far and life in the Vitality Superleague. She told the girls of the 5am starts and how she juggled playing netball whilst at school and Wigan and Leigh College and how she signed up for Manchester Thunder, she also spoke about some of the players she comes up against as well as about diet and nutrition, although she did say you do not have to be tall to be a netball star. She advised the girls to work hard, telling them: “Nothing comes easy. If you want it, work hard to get it.” Rebekah then answered lots of questions from the enthusiastic audience, including what her shoe size is and what her favourite ice cream is! To relax, she reads, draws, cooks, listens to music and socialises with friends. Her focus is now on training for the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
The training sessions have been developed by coaches from the highest levels in the sport and are designed to give the best all round netball experience for participants of all ages and abilities from beginner through to representative level. All girls who attended the course went home with written feedback from their coach on their performances during the week, with areas to improve and ideas on how to develop further.
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