Kadeen Corbin Coaches Players at Wiltshire School

Posted March 22, 2023 by Poppy O'Reilly

Each week we bring you a good news story from across the South West as part of our wedNEWSday articles.

On Tuesday 28th February, St Mary’s School, Calne, had the fantastic opportunity of having Kadeen Corbin come to the school to coach the 1st and 2nd Netball Teams, as a result of the school being awarded the Spirit of the Game award at the South West Regional Schools in 2022. Kadeen is a Team Bath player, has over 50 England Caps and was part of the England squad that won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Queensland, Australia.

Kadeen used all her expertise for fun drills, skills and centre court play and ended her session with a very interesting and inspiring Q&A.

It was then time for the girls to learn the Dance Challenge that has been set by Sky Sports Netball, which was then recorded and submitted to Sky!

'Kadeen gave us many useful tips, such as which players should be prioritised in which areas of the court. This is definitely something the netball team can take away and use to improve our match play. I found her journey to becoming a successful netball player very interesting as she said that she was rejected multiple times, but she did not let this knock her confidence and give up on her career; instead, she used criticism as a beneficial factor to help her improve her match play. I think that Kadeen's session was very useful and should definitely be done again with the future senior squad.' Farley, St Mary's Calne student and netball player

‘A huge thank you to Team Bath. Kadeen and Arlana were fantastic with the girls. Our girls loved it and got so much out of it.’ Natalie Baldwin, Lead PE teacher at St Mary’s Calne.

Karen Jones, Netball South West Chair said, ‘The Spirit of the Game Award is a new award, introduced at the Regional Schools Tournament in 2022 to recognise the team that we believe has demonstrated, throughout the day, a commitment to Netball’s spirit of the Rules of the Game and in doing so met our standards of good sportsmanship. It requires players to Play to the rules, playing fair and in the spirit of the game of Netball, giving others on court, often opponents, a fair chance, whilst respecting our umpires and officials. The winning team is chosen by the tournament referees, umpires and court managers and this team can choose to receive development opportunities or coaching, whichever they feel they would most benefit from.’

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