England Netball played host to Trinidad and Tobago at the Bath Training Village on Wednesday 6 May and Sidcot were there to witness top-flight netball in all its glory.
The venue created a tremendous atmosphere and amphitheatre for the girls to get up close and absorb a game played at lightning speed. England, fielding a full International squad, eventually proved too strong for their opposition, but both teams demonstrated just how the game should be played, with great skill and tenacity in all areas of the court.
There were many oohs and aahhs from the girls, who rightly thought it was a non-contact game, and as for playing the ball off the post to score a goal whilst still in flight, shall remain something they are still talking about.
Sitting behind the Neville family (Phil, Mum and Dad), there to watch sister Tracey manage the England team for the first time, also caused a great deal of interest for the girls. After the game the players mingled with happy and jubilant autograph hunters who also managed to take many ‘selfies’ to add to the occasion.
Here is what the girls thought:
“It was an amazing experience and it was so good to see the standard that they play at, as well as learning and watching new skills and tactics.”
“I loved the overall experience and hope that in the future I can refer to the game and use the skills in my netball and I hope we will all play better as a team.”
“I thought it was a fantastic experience and gave us a good understanding of the game. It was great to see the standard of how they play.”
“It was a really good outing and it was brilliant to see England’s best netball players close up. It was also very inspirational! Thankyou for taking us!”