On the 3rd of November 2018, Halos Junior Netball Club welcomed The Mintridge Foundation and Eboni Usoro-Brown to deliver a third Mintridge netball Programme for the club.
We were so excited for the jam-packed day of netball ahead, and a presentation from our Commonwealth Gold medallist and England Roses defender Eboni Usoro-Brown was the perfect way to start the day. It was a quiet start for the Halos, but they soon started asking questions when Eboni explained her busy work and training schedule.
After watching the repeat of the momentous Commonwealth Gold medal win, back in April, the Halos were ready and feeling motivated for their own netball training day, with the world class defender. The day covered all areas of netball including, a variety of ball handling and footwork based warm ups along with attack and defence masterclasses throughout the day.
The Halos worked extremely hard throughout the morning, before we stopped for lunch with Eboni. The Halos used this time to write down their aspirations and goals they were working towards, as well as ask Eboni any burning questions. Some of the best questions were:
“Do you have any superstitions?”
“Who is your role model?”
“What inspired you to play netball?”
“What do you do if you get injured?”
“Is everyone in the England netball team from the south?”
“Would you say in high school you were mostly driven by netball, so you weren’t socially active?”
“Where has been your favourite place to visit with netball?”
Eboni went on to explain why she fell in love with the game and why it’s so important to be part of a team like the England Roses:
“The beauty of being a part of a netball team like the England Roses, is that they are a diverse group of people, from all walks of life, that come together to play the sport they love. It’s like we are all on the same page!”
After an afternoon of questions, it was time for the Halos to pick up some top tips from the England netball defender. An intense afternoon of defending followed by contextual games was the perfect way to cover all the netball skills needed to help the Halos with their next season.
At the end of the day Eboni presented awards to some of the girls in the group and signed autographs for them to take away. The day ended with eagerly anticipated group and individual photos with Eboni and a chance for the players and parents to have one last look at the Commonwealth gold medal.
Thank you to Tori and Halos Junior Netball Club, for welcoming The Mintridge Foundation back for a third fantastic programme with you. We look forward to working with you again soon!
You can see the video from the day here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usG_F-t-ftA&feature=youtu.be
Halos Junior Netball Club have all the photographs from the day, so please contact them if you would like to see them.