Today (23/04/21), we celebrate the birthday of Sasha Corbin as the England Netball Ambassador turns 33!
Sasha is an immensely popular figure within the sport and combines her ambassadorial role with a thriving playing career in the Vitality Netball Superleague.
The former Team Bath Netball and Loughborough Lightning star is currently in her third spell with Saracens Mavericks where she captains Kat Ratnapala’s side and has been instrumental in their push for the top four in the 2021 season.
Having also represented in the inaugural Superleague campaign in 2005/06, Sasha has witnessed the significant growth of the competition culminating in every match being broadcast live by Sky Sports this year.
“The visibility is really important,” the 33-year-old said ahead of the league starting in February.
“If it’s something that people have usually flicked past, hopefully this means they’ll sit down and watch it.
“The game is so physical, fast and competitive and it has evolved fantastically over the years, with new styles and tactics and real strength across the squads.
“We are all in this together, we all want to see netball being played. We are here to perform and we want to give anyone that watches the games something to be inspired by.”
The four-time Superleague champion also performed with distinction at international level as she won 71 caps for the Vitality Roses, with her sister and Mavericks teammate Kadeen edging past that number against New Zealand last autumn to now sit on 72.
Sasha’s last appearance in the red dress came in 2018, but her work off the court representing England Netball as an ambassador has allowed her to give back to the netball community.
When the COVID-19 pandemic halted the grassroots game in 2020, the Virtual Netball Club was launched to support our members with live training sessions, exclusive interviews and more great resources.
See you Monday & Wednesday guys. Got some fun challenges for you too 😅🙌🏾 https://t.co/XIiM5VFnQJ
— Sasha Corbin (@Sasha_Corbin) November 27, 2020
And Sasha played her part by delivering 10 terrific junior training videos, in addition to one-off live session for both young people and adults giving them the opportunity to learn from an athlete who’s succeeded at the highest level
More recently, the mid-courter was involved when England Netball teamed up with the Youth Sports Trust in February to support their online After School Sport Club.
Sasha ran a Bee Netball session for 5-11-year-olds that was broadcast live for free on the Youth Sport’s Trust YouTube as children across the UK were encouraged to keep moving and develop their multi sports skills.
And stretching back to the Vitality Netball World Cup in 2019, Sasha was also guiding the next generation as she partnered with sister Kadeen to teach shooting techniques at the amazing Junior Clubs Experience in Liverpool’s Exhibition Centre.
Sasha has been an incredible ambassador for the sport and we’re so excited to see the impact she can continue to have on the Netball Family in the future.