Lichfield Spires Netball Club
Lichfield Spires Netball club first formed off the back of a session aiming to get women back into the game; Back to Netball. Fast forward almost 5 years and the now affiliated club offer netball across the Lichfield district to all ages.
The club has seen particular growth this year launching its new junior section, which has grown every week since starting. The first sessions ran in March and since then the club has welcomed over 100 girls aged from 7-15 years old. The club also held its first junior tournament and in September entered the Staffordshire County Junior League for the 2018/19 season.
Earlier in the year the club also started hosting England Netball’s newest form of the game; Walking Netball, in association with Lichfield District Council. This session has hugely benefited the local community, and the group even won their first trophy at the county Walking Netball festival in September. The Walking Netballers have also joined the club in volunteering roles and can be seen wearing the Spires club kit!
More recently the club has gone back to its roots, offering a Back to Netball session for women looking to return to the game within the district. As with Spires’ other ventures this has been a huge success and the club are hoping to develop a third adult team as a result. In an incredible turn of events, the clubs now head coach joined as a Back to Netballer in 2014, swiftly became a committee member and then got truly hooked on netball and completed her UKCC Level 2 coaching qualification.
When speaking to the club committee about their success they’ve said; “we’re completely committed to the ‘everybody’s welcome’ ethos which we established in 2014. As a club, we host women from the age of 7 through to 70+ and for us that’s what sport is all about. We offer every type of netball you could wish for whether it be competitive league matches to a quick run or walk around in the park on a Thursday. We’re friendly, welcoming and supportive; three qualities that we feel are unique to us. On top of all of this, we’ve all made some really good friends for life that we possibly wouldn’t have without the game. Hopefully some members will take the journey through from juniors to competitive adult teams and still be playing right the way through to the walking division of the club!”
Netball in the area is booming thanks to the dedicated volunteers from Lichfield Spires, along with funding support received from the district council and Staffordshire County Netball Association.
If you want to get involved in netball in the Lichfield area, please contact Lichfield Spires on firstname.lastname@example.org or find them on Facebook.