No strangers to crowds of excited youngsters, England Netball’s Roses and A team put on a fine display of power, athleticism and quality during an open training session held at Loughborough University Sports Park, in front of a packed audience of over 450 school pupils.
Offered exclusively through TeamUp, 24 schools from up and down the country were invited to the training base of England Netball to watch part of the squad’s final preparations ahead of the Quad Series matches against New Zealand and Australia.
As well as being treated to behind the scenes action, the pupils were also invited on to the court at the end of the match to speak to the England players, take selfies and get the autographs of their favourite players.
Taking to Instagram after the event, England Rose Chelsea Pitman, said: “Great hit out today against England A with my Roses. Thank you to TeamUp for supporting our open session and the amazing kids that travelled so far to watch us. Extremely privileged to be in this position to inspire the younger generation of kids to achieve their dreams.”
Marc Whaley, teacher at Eggbuckland Community College and TeamUp Ambassador, adds: “Being based in Plymouth, this event involved eight-hours of travelling for the girls, but not even the long journey could dampen their spirits. It’s not every day students are given the chance to watch, meet and have their pictures taken with their heroes. To have female role models is brilliant, and to be able to meet and speak with them is on another level.
It was also a great experience for our students to be able to take a tour of Loughborough University’s facilities and find out information about future prospects. It’s one of the country’s leading centres for sporting excellence and the students were certainly impressed with what they saw and have been inspired to aim high. A great day was had by all.”
Schools, if you want to give your pupils the chance to attend once-in-a-lifetime sporting experiences like watching an England Netball training session and meeting the players, sign your school up to www.teamupengland.com for access to great prizes and resources.