In December 2018, Sheffield Concord Netball Club held a hugely successful taster day for their new team, Net4All at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, with over 50 girls attending.
On the action-packed day there were seven schools and 18 coaches in attendance, plus England Netball staff in support. All the girls received their own t-shirt to wear and take away, thanks to the kind contribution from South Yorkshire Netball County Association, and they then took part in a full day of activities ranging from run warm up games, skills and activities through to match play.
Net4All is open to any girls aged 11-17 who have special educational needs (SEN) and this is one of the first clubs across the country to run an SEN-only team. Net4All has formed into monthly sessions due to the hard work and dedication of Helen Thorneloe, a retired teacher who is now using her skills to give girls a chance to enjoy the game has loved her whole life. The inspiration behind Net4All is Helens niece Jackie, who always wanted she to play netball like her auntie, but the opportunity rarely presented itself. Jackie is now helping to coach at the club and her experiences, expertise and ideas have really helped shape the creation of Net4All, and the club have entered a team into this years ParaNetball Championships!
Are you interested in becoming an Inclusive Core Club? If so, contact Richard Evans, England Netball Strategic Lead for Disability on Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.