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Chichester netball team. Picture: Mick Young
Chichester netball team. Picture: Mick Young
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Chichester are climbing the Portsmouth League.

It’s been an up and down time for the club but they are now looking up again.

Amy Kyffin previously led the side and they worked their way up from division five to premier two in consecutive seasons.

But they then split into Chichester Reds and Chichester Blues. 

The Blues stayed up in premier two but the Reds, run by Claire Cobden, started in division five. 

Both teams did well until a few members had to leave and Chichester went back to being one team in 2011. 

Since then they have been promoted every season and are currently playing in premier two.

Cobden feels the squad have great potential, with many of the players having emerged from the club’s youth ranks.

She said: ‘We have a strong team of 10 players.

‘Our newest players Libby Swan, Megan Adams, Jen Langmead and Alice Sheen have all fitted in perfectly and contribute so much to the team. 

‘Many of the young players have all gone through Chichester Junior Netball Club and worked their way up, including Libby and Megan.

‘We are really enjoying the season as a squad and each week we learn more about each other and how we all play. 

‘This in turn will help us to play better and progress further each season.

‘The team are very talented and it is a pleasure to play netball with them all. 

‘They all work really hard on the court but we all get on so well off the court as well.

‘With regular socials and team awards, it is a pleasure to be part of Chichester Netball Club.

‘We currently do not train due to time limitations but we are looking to find an evening every other week to get together and practice as a team.’

Captain Cobden is the only umpire at the moment but Georgie Sims has recently completed the C award course and Libby Swan has completed the beginners’ course.

Cobden also runs Chichester juniors on Thursday evenings, for girls aged six-18.