School children from Buxton Community School and High Peak Junior Netball Club were treated to an experience they’ll never forget as they were invited to walk out as mascots for England Netball’s Quad Series match against Australia at the Copper Box Arena.
The experience was offered through TeamUp, an initiative developed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), England Hockey and England Netball, to encourage 7-13-year-old girls to experience the benefits of sport.
High Peak School and Sport Partnership entered the TeamUp competition on behalf of the area and as a satellite club were offered the opportunity to issue the prize to 24 children from Buxton Community School and High Peak Junior Netball Club.
As part of their Quad Series experience, the children were lucky enough to meet England Netball Head Coach Tracey Neville, who took the time to sign autographs and pose for selfies. They then accompanied both nations onto the court as the official mascots in front of 5,000 cheering fans inside the Copper Box Arena and thousands of fans watching live on Sky Sports.
High Peak Junior Netball Head Coach, Halina Dawson said: “This is undoubtedly the proudest moment of my coaching career so far. It will take a lot to top this amazing day. Thank you to all the parents, head teachers, coaches and High Peak Netball Club supporters for helping to make this happen for the kids. A proud day for us all.”
Buxton Community School offer a great range of sports for girls including hockey, netball and cricket. Being involved in the TeamUp initiative has seen even more girls engaging with sport, both playing in schools and driving awareness of women’s sport locally and nationally.
The pupils’ Quad Series mascot experience has inspired the children within the school and the community around it. School assemblies have showcased the amazing experiences of the children which has continued into the classroom with show and tell featuring lots of the children’s’ autograph books.
For access to money-can’t-buy prizes and experiences, resources for teacher delivery and information about training opportunities, sign your school up to TeamUp now: www.teamupengland.com