A net gain

PUBLISHED: 10:35 19 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 06 May 2010

The netball gurus

The netball gurus

THERE is good news for young netballers in Stevenage. The Stevenage School Sports Partnership, MBDA and Barclay School, in conjunction with the Herts Netball Association and Stevenage Borough Council, have appointed Julia Burrows as netball development co

THERE is good news for young netballers in Stevenage.

The Stevenage School Sports Partnership, MBDA and Barclay School, in conjunction with the Herts Netball Association and Stevenage Borough Council, have appointed Julia Burrows as netball development coach.

The 37-year-old Julia is a regular player and umpire, and has been involved in club netball for 26 years.

She currently plays in the Herts Premier, Turnford Midweek and Stevenage Indoor leagues, and is keen to be part of the promotion and development of junior level netball within the Stevenage area.

As well as helping to coach the teams at Barclay and working with the young leaders at the school, there will be taster sessions in local primary schools to promote netball to a younger age group.

Julia is also looking to set up a brand new junior netball club, which will train and be based at The John Henry Newman School.

This will be dependent on a team of volunteers to help run, coach and maintain the club and to provide the best opportunities possible for its members.

If there is anybody within the Stevenage area who is interested in the promotion of junior netball and would be willing to help in any way possible with the new club, please call Jill Eaton at Marriotts Sports College on 01438 314537.

There is a meeting for anyone interested at Marriotts next Wednesday (January 25) from 7-9pm.

n Schools currently involved in the Stevenage School Sports Co-ordinator Partnership are celebrating as they are currently ranked in the top five partnerships nationally for leadership and volunteering.

The news came as a result of an annual survey that is undertaken by both the Department of Education and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Partnership development manager Jill Eaton said: "Community volunteering and leadership are at the heart of our work in secondary schools.

"Young leaders in all our schools are involved regularly in working and delivering festivals to our local primary schools.

"It is hoped that with our close links with the many Stevenage clubs, our young sports leaders of today will become our coaches of tomorrow.

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