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The summer holidays have well and truly been kicked off in style in Bath, following a 3 day Netball Youth Camp which saw 28 young netballers take court in a whole host of activities and get some fantastic tips from England and Team Bath superstar, Paige Reed. Below we hear from Emily Harrison (Avon & Wiltshire NDO) who gives us a sneak peek into what sounds like 3 days of netball madness…
Now in it’s 4th year, the Bath Netball Youth Camp, that ran between 25th-27th July at King Edwards School in Bath, was set to be the best yet, with great weather forecast and lots of fun things planned, the coaches and I were really excited to get going!
Day 1 saw the players begin to get to know one another with balloon netball bingo, before being taken through challenging ball skills and working on attacking options with welcome visitor Paige Reed. Paige’s visit was wrapped up with some excellent questions from the girls – from asking about Paige’s pathway in netball through to what she would want to do if she wasn’t a netballer (a surgeon for those who are interested!!). The afternoon was jam packed with specialist sessions on shooting (delivered by assistant coach Sian) and attacking the circle edge (delivered by lead coach Nic), before finishing with some seriously impressive match play!
Day 2 began with some recovery in the form of yoga – it turned out we had some seriously flexible netballers on the camp…and some not so flexible coaches!! The theme of Day 2 was defence – so after some more ball handling challenges (inc skipping & crazy catches), the girls were taken through various sessions throughout the day that looked at footwork patterns, interception technique, zoning and a laughter filled man on man session accompanied by emojis!! Over lunch, the girls’ imagination and artistic skills were tapped in to as they were challenged to design a netball dress – from which 3 winners were chosen we coaches simply couldn’t agree!
With the weather so great, Day 2 finished with match play outside…but with a summer twist…water pistol umpires – apparently a great way to add pressure to decision making and shooting technique!!
Day 3 was met with some tired looking netballers (and coaches) coming through the door…but after it was revealed that the final day of the camp would be one big competition, the excitement of the previous 2 days was back! The players were split into 3 teams (England, Australia & Jamaica) and led by their coach were taken through a number of different team and individual challenges were they earnt points for their team…the afternoon laid way to team chants and a tournament…before the water pistols were back…at which point the heat began to have an affect and the camp finished with a full blown water fight!!
After 3 busy days, the coaches waved off 28 happy, tired (and slightly soggy) netballers…and guess what? We’re already looking forward to next year!
Check out photos from the camp on the Netball in Avon facebook page: www.facebook.com/NetballinAvon
This summer we have 2 more Netball Youth Camps set to run in the South West – both of which are still accepting bookings, so don’t miss out on what really is an unmissable holiday activity for any netball keen bean!
Taunton (Somerset) – 13th-15th August, 10am-3pm (11-16yrs)
Exeter (Devon) – 20th-22nd August, 9am-5pm (11-16yrs) – Eboni Beckford-Chambers confirmed!!
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