Join Look Good Feel Better for their first ever charity Netball Tournament, in partnership with England Netball and M&S Beauty.
Hosted at the Copper Box Arena on Sunday 12th March 2017, this one day tournament will welcome 30 teams to battle it out on court to raise vital funds and awareness for Look Good Feel Better.
The tournament is open to all abilities, and what’s more, all players will have the opportunity to meet and be coached by England Netball players.
- Specialist coaching by England Netball
- Access to netball skills workshops
- Goody bag
- Invite to local ‘Back to Netball’ session
- Official tournament t-shirt
When you’re not on court, players and spectators can also enjoy an array of activities taking place in our exclusive ‘Playground’, filled with an assortment of beauty and wellbeing brands who will be offering everything from mini makeovers to foot pampering, massages to masterclasses.
If you’re in any doubt about entering a team, we have an interview with Look Good Feel Better ambassador Jodie – exactly the type of woman this type of fundraising opportunity helps.
Jodie is 31 years old, works as a psychologist and lives in Tooting with her husband. Last year, Jodie underwent treatment for breast cancer including a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. During this time, she attended the Look Good Feel Better Workshop at The Cancer Centre, Wimbledon and says that the session made her feel more feminine and human again, giving her the confidence to leave the house and to have a more positive attitude at a very tough time in her life.
How did you get into playing netball and how long have you been playing?
I started playing netball at the age of 10 so about 21 years! I had a brilliant primary school teacher who was really enthusiastic about it which motivated me to join a local club. I took a few years out from it when I moved away for university. Then when I moved to London, I found it all a bit overwhelming and was missing home so I found a local netball club and immediately felt better. I met lots of new people and was doing something I enjoyed again.
Where do you currently play and how often?
I currently play for Gems Netball Club who are based in New Malden, London. We train once a week and play in the Surrey and Kingston Leagues. I only joined them this season but already I feel part of the team, which is great.
What is your favourite netball position and why?
I play centre-court positions (mainly because I am too short for the circle!) My favourite is probably Wing Defence as there is no better feeling than managing to tip and steal the ball.
What are your favourite things about playing netball?
Definitely playing as part of a team and meeting other like-minded people. I also enjoy it so much that I forget that I am exercising which is good when I am lacking motivation to go for a run.
Did you stop playing whilst going through treatment and how soon afterwards did you return?
I did stop playing during treatment. I wasn’t allowed to play after my surgery and couldn’t move my arm much which would have made it tricky! Then chemo wiped me out and some days I found it a struggle to walk to the toilet. I definitely wouldn’t have been able to run around. However, I started back 5 months after my chemo finished. It’s taken a while but Netball has massively motivated me to get fit again and the doctors said that my level of fitness before I was diagnosed probably helped me through treatment.
What does netball mean to you?
It sounds clichéd but I really do love it and can’t really imagine not playing. It’s been so important in my recovery post treatment and for building my confidence again, which is something that I really suffered with over the last year.
Who is your inspiration?
To be honest my inspiration has probably got to be my first netball coach who made me fall in love with the sport and gave up loads of her energy and time to train me. I have also met a whole bunch of truly inspiring ladies on my cancer journey who have inspired me to keep going when things get tough.
Wise words that you always live by?
“I can and I will”
Why are you taking part in the Look Good Feel Better Netball tournament and why should others get involved?
I get to play a sport that I’m passionate about, whilst raising money for a charity that really helped me whilst I was having cancer treatment. The Look Good Feel Better Workshop made me feel more feminine and human again, boosting my confidence no end and I have used netball to help in my recovery, post treatment. Whether you’ve played before or fancy trying a completely new sport, I encourage everyone to take part and support this fantastic charity so that they can help more women like me.