Back to Netball festival for Children in Need

Back to Netball festival for Children in Need

3rd annual Back to Netball festival for Children in Need proves to be best yet!  

£910 has been raised by generous netballers at the latest Back to Netball festival in Fareham.

10 teams from Whiteley, Fareham, Gosport, Portchester, Portsmouth and Havant came together for a fun-filled afternoon, which included fancy-dress and a bake off as well as some friendly netball! Fancy dress themes including unicorns, school girls, cats, grannies and Pudsey Bears rocked the courts, but it was Dare to Dream who took the ‘Best Fancy Dress’ prize, sponsored by HC Tournaments, for their pirate creations.

Organiser, England Netball’s Community Coach, Debbie Laycock said: “It was a fabulous afternoon. The effort that went into the fancy dress and bake off was superb – we clearly have some very talented Back to Netballers out there! As always though we really couldn’t run these types of events without our volunteers, they come up trumps once again!”

Natasha Rogers, one of Dare to Dream’s founder members was ecstatic with the prize and said: “It was a great afternoon of fun and laughter. The icing on the cake for us was the fancy dress prize but we also took home the runners-up medals. As always with Back to Netball though, it was a great social event with plenty of chatter, banter and enthusiasm on show!”

Portchester-based Cams Chaos took home the winners medals and Netball Nerds’ Ellie Barker won the Best & Fairest Player award, sponsored by Champion System. Pudsey Pivotals’ Sian Stephens took home the Star Baker prize.

During the course of the evening Victoria Ross, playing for Pudsey Pivotals, was surprised with an England Netball ‘Volunteer if the Moment’ award for her dedication to Back to Netball and Netball Now projects in the area. The new award from England Netball appreciates the hard working volunteers who make netball happen up and down the country and Laycock was delighted to present the latest one to a local volunteer.

She said: “Without Vic netball wouldn’t happen it’s as simple as that! She has been instrumental in the success of Petersfield Back to Netball and is now working with junior players in the wider netball community. She thoroughly deserved the accolade.”

In conclusion of the event Laycock added: “I’m thrilled we raised so much for such a worthy cause. Huge thanks to Everyone Active at Fareham Leisure Centre for hosting this festival for free as well as All About Netball who fed and watered our wonderful volunteers! Thanks also to our generous raffle contributors including: Meadowside Leisure Centre, Gosport Leisure Centre, BH Live, Horizon Leisure, Canoe Lake Leisure and Gas Fix.

Final standings:

  1. Cams Chaos
  2. Dare to Dream
  3. Wildcats
  4. Delme Diamonds
  5. Pudsey Pivotals
  6. Knowle Hotshots
  7. NetChix
  8. Whiteley Warriors
  9. Netball Nerds
  10. Hotshots

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More Back to Netball sessions are being launched for the New Year. Please log on to www.englandnetball.co.uk/backtonetball for more information.

Information for journalists: Please contact Debbie Laycock direct on Debbie.laycock@englandnetball.co.uk or telephone 07854 090473.

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