Norwich SSP Developing Netball
Norwich School Sport Partnership (SSP) have been busy recently encouraging more young people in Norwich to take up Netball by providing a range of exciting new opportunities. The SSP already provided annual High 5 Netball Competition for pupils in Year 5-6 as part of the hugely successful Norfolk School Games.
The SSP decided that it wanted to provide more opportunities for young people who had tried netball at school but were still only of beginner’s standard and didn’t feel ready to join one of the two local netball clubs. The SSP were seeing hundreds of young people each year taking part in their competition but noticed that there were very few other opportunities for the young people to represent their school at netball throughout the rest of the year. So the SSP decided to set up its own schools netball league.
The inaugural league was a big success with almost 100 young people taking part over three match days held at the SSPs host school City Academy Norwich. The winners of the first Norwich SSP Schools Netball League were Firside Junior School.
Jon Osborne, Partnership Development Manager of the Norwich SSP said; “At the end of our schools league we asked all of the pupils that took part whether they were members of a netball club outside of school. Only a few said that they were, so with the support of our local Netball Development Officer, we decided to set up our own community netball coaching sessions.”
The aim of the sessions is to provide fun affordable weekly netball coaching opportunities for young people who want to develop their skills further but don’t feel ready to join one of the big netball clubs yet. The SSP hopes that by providing an additional stepping stone it can support more young people to continue their interest in netball and continue to participate for the rest of their lives.