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Quayside Back to Netball Club is helping women of all ages reignite their passion for netball

Quayside Back to Netball Club (Devon) is run by Irene Mellor, a qualified level two coach who also runs after school netball clubs at Kingsbridge Community College. Irene was one of the founding members of Kingsbridge Jesters, who climbed the local netball leagues in the mid-to-late 90s.

“The club is an opportunity for women who haven’t played netball since school, or lost touch with the sport because of other commitments,” says Irene. “We give each other inspiration and confidence every week, and also have a lot of fun.”

Irene has a special bond with the club because it also helped her back onto the court after thinking that she might never play again:

“Back to Netball has been fantastic for me personally. After a few sessions I soon got my confidence back, and now, aged 58, I’ve got more energy than I ever thought I’d have.”

There are no age limits at the Quayside club and women of all abilities are welcome. The club has eighteen paid-up members and also offers ‘pay as you play’ rates. As well as weekly training sessions, the club enters Back to Netball tournaments and runs social events throughout the year. It also acts as a springboard:

“Some of our players go on to play competitive netball at clubs like Ivybridge,” explains Irene. “I’m also quick to encourage our younger members to pursue the sport at college or university.”

Quayside Back to Netball Club trains on Tuesday evenings from 8-9pm, throughout term time, at Kingsbridge Quayside Leisure Centre. You can message the club via its Facebook page ‘Quayside Netball Club’ for more information.

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