On the last Thursday in November, Team Mintridge arrived in St Helens to deliver a Bronze Netball Programme with the fabulous England Futures and Manchester Thunder Superleague netballer Rebekah Airey! The Ravensdale Trust kindly donated the Programme to Cowley International College, which was an extra special treat for the staff and students.
We were excited to start the day with an inspirational presentation, delivered by Rebekah. Rebekah explained her netballing journey and the commitment required to succeed at elite level. The presentation also highlighted the importance of taking part in physical activity and sport, and the wider benefits it can have in and outside of school.
After a quick introduction the coaching sessions began. Rebekah delivered a session based on the basics of netball and ensured that all the girls had the chance to show off their skills, in a game situation. The girls taking part relished the opportunity to ask Rebekah any questions and quiz her on her training, diet and lifestyle. Some of the best questions included:
How many holidays do you get?
Have you had any injuries?
Do you like pizza?
What makes you carry on if you’re having a bad day?
What’s your favourite thing about netball?
The Mintridge golden post box made another appearance at this programme, as we asked the ladies to post their aspirations, questions and interests. It was so great to see that so many girls wanted to join the after-school netball club, after their morning with Rebekah.
To celebrate the end of a fantastic session Rebekah handed out medals and certificates, to those who had worked really hard in the session. The girls also had the chance to take group photos and individual photos with Rebekah, using our Mintridge props, which everybody loved!
Cowley’s amazing PE department had ensured that the older age groups also had a chance to be a part of the training sessions with Rebekah, in the second session of the day. Rebekah worked the girls hard, focussing on movement and footwork drills, before applying them into a game.
It was great to see the girls so focussed and trying hard to apply their skills in the session. The girls asked some excellent questions about Rebekah’s diet and what it takes to be healthy and fit. It was such a great opportunity for the girls to meet and chat to an athlete like Rebekah, but also understand that they can all achieve what they aspire to, if they stay focussed.
The group photos and twitter frame were a hit with the second group and a chance for the girls to have a bit of fun at the end of a great session.
The day wasn’t over yet, as 10 students had been selected to return for the afternoon coaching session with an attacking and defensive focus. Although tired from the morning sessions, the girls worked hard and had a chance to learn some team tactics with the help of Rebekah.
We would like to thank Cowley International College, and the Cowley PE department for their excellent welcome and support throughout the day. We would also like to thank The Ravensdale Trust for helping to support the Programme and enabling it to happen.
If you would like to see the video from the day, you can watch it at our YouTube channel via this link: https://youtu.be/3fOijtrzQMk
Cowley International College have all the photos from the day if you would like to see them.
Thank you Cowley International College! We look forward to working with you again soon.