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Junior fixtures finish on a high with exciting clashes




Stamford and Rutland Netball Club are encouraging women to return to sport through their Back to Netball training sessions.

The sessions are held at Casterton Enterprise College on Thursdays at 7pm and cost £5. The training is led by England Netball qualified coaches and focus on technical skills and match play.

Tina Sayers is head coach of the club’s Back to Netball sessions and is passionate about helping women to return to sport.

Stamford and Rutland Netball Club are encouraging women to return to sport through their Back to Netball training sessions. (8043537)
Stamford and Rutland Netball Club are encouraging women to return to sport through their Back to Netball training sessions. (8043537)

She said: “We know that getting involved in sport can be intimidating and that lots of people imagine netball players to be tall and lean and super sporty, but actually we come in all shapes and sizes, all ages and all levels of ability.

“The first thing new players always say is, ‘I haven't played for 20 year’, but they’re not alone and there’s nothing to be nervous about. Our sessions are for everyone and they are a lot of fun.”

More than 30 ladies are registered for the sessions and the group is about to enter their first league team into the Rutland County Netball League with another team on the waiting list for the Stamford Netball league. This has opened up training places for new starters.

Feedback for the sessions has been overwhelmingly positive.

Ella Harris from Ketton commented: “I really enjoy the sessions, they’re so much fun and I am learning loads. I really look forward to Thursdays.”

Lucy Saunton from North Luffenham added: “I’ve loved getting back to netball. I was quite good at netball at school but, while I’m a bit rusty now, I have so much fun at the sessions and have met some really lovely ladies. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming.”

More information about the adult group can be found on the club’s website www.srjnc.co.uk or on the Instagram feed @srbacktonetball.

The Stamford and Rutland Junior Netball League's March fixtures finished on a high with some exciting games across all age groups (8043531)
The Stamford and Rutland Junior Netball League's March fixtures finished on a high with some exciting games across all age groups (8043531)

The Stamford and Rutland Junior Netball League's March fixtures finished on a high with some exciting games across all age groups and a number of club teams well represented in the final placings.

The Under 13 champions were Stamford's Shooting Stars with Bourne NC finishing runners-up.

The Under 11 section was taken by Stamford and Rutland NC's Ospreys with Bourne NC taking the runners-up spot on goal difference alone. Stamford and Rutland NC's Kites were relegated to third place.

Total Sports finished as the Under 9 winners with Shooting Stars second, again on goal difference, with Stamford and Rutland NC's Lightning taking third place.

The league took part across March and played host to 20 teams. This is the organisers' second 'mini-league' format as they build interest with a view to launching a full term-time league for junior netball players in the area.

The league will run again from May-July and teams are now invited to enter in Under 9, Under 11 and Under 13 age groups. For more information contact Tina on 07789 923960.

The Stamford and Rutland Junior Netball League's March fixtures finished on a high with some exciting games across all age groups (8043529)
The Stamford and Rutland Junior Netball League's March fixtures finished on a high with some exciting games across all age groups (8043529)


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