Saints keeping united through Lockdown

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Saints Netball Family quickly got into Zoom mode when lockdown started to keep club unity. Jean Davies, all round Cornwall legend gave us an insight on to how the club has been keeping together during these strange time.

The club started having weekly team  S and C workout zoom session to keep all members active, alongside running a league where teams were appointed points in relation to the number of team members who joined every week. After 8 weeks, worthy winners were U14 Rockets team with our 4th Senior Team Fury a close 2nd. Jeans team, Lockdown Legends (love this name) which was made up of parents and returning players, home from university were 3rd.

When the guidance had changed and England Netball had annouced that we were at Stage 2 in the roadmap. Saints moved their netball fitness related activities outside and they were lucky enough to get the use of Truro High School outdoor courts and Astro two evenings a week, which has really benefited the club.

In accordance to the government guidelines they organised carefully arrival and departure procedures with hand sanitizer to be used on arrival and departure. The young players Yrs 5-8 were placed in training bubbles of 5 players with a young coach from our Talented Coach Development programme. They had half a court or a huge space on the Astro to train every week.

Having so much space has been amazing. The players have loved the fitness and agility sessions. Saints have started using a training App to help devise the sessions which coaches have adapted, which has worked really well. Jean said “We would normally be doing more game and ball work with the Juniors, but they’ve been doing fitness and they’ve been absolutely loving it. They’re an absolute joy, so well behaved.”

Making sure that the sessions were kept separate as the juniors left the Seniors arrived 15 minutes later in a different car park. They were placed in training bubbles and sent a training programme on a weekly basis with a different player in their group taking the lead.

It has been great to see so many players blossom as potential coaches and training outside has been a real hit, especially have been so lucky with the weather! As a club they are due back inside in September and hopefully will be able to play more netball related activities but for now we are enjoying the challenge of keeping players motivated and the Saints Family together!

It has been great to hear what clubs have been doing throughout this time. Thank you Jean for letting us know. Keep it up 🙂

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