Gators still looking snappy on court

Gosport Gators players Jess Leighton, Hannah Hendrick, Jess Slaymaker, Kerry Welsh, Liz Hendrick, Rachel Baldwin, Tracey Neissen and Lauren Welsh, front
Gosport Gators players Jess Leighton, Hannah Hendrick, Jess Slaymaker, Kerry Welsh, Liz Hendrick, Rachel Baldwin, Tracey Neissen and Lauren Welsh, front
Vixens finished second in the All About Netball League

Dramatic finish to league season

  • Gosport outfit going strong after humble beginning
  • Hendrick now in the driving seat of club
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Gosport Gators were founded by a father wanting a netball outlook for his daughter and her friends.

And seven years on the club is still going strong.

Shaun Clark was able to get funding through Gosport Borough Council to launch the club.

He has since moved away from the area but luckily for the club, Liz Hendrick took the reins.

In 2012 Sport Hampshire & Isle of Wight worked with the Gators to improve the netball experience for its members.

Gators were provided with a master coach, mentoring sessions, funding for coaching qualifications and support for further development.

Over the next six months improvements were made, skills were gained, qualifications passed and the member satisfaction raised.

Hendrick has revealed they have continued to build on this.

She is a level two coach and has two level one coaches in Kerry Welsh and Patrick Allen.

The juniors do not miss out, though, with Emily Harcourt also a level one coach.

Holly Myers, the Active 4 Life 
coordinator for the Gosport Schools Sports Partnership, has also got on board and inspired an increase in new members.

Myers has been able to point interested players towards the opportunities on offer with the Gators through her work with students.

The Gosport club are now bouncing back after losing players when the junior league disbanded.

The club now has three teams competing in the Gosport & Fareham League, including an under-16 team called Gators Green.

Gators Black are made up of players who have graduated from the junior section.

And the more mature side is Gators Gold, who boast three netballers who have recently hit their fifties.

They also boast a novice junior team that play in the All About Netball League’s under-12 division at Cams Hill School.

Hendrick measures the success of the club by the fun offered to hundreds of adult and junior players over the years and the many members who are still playing for the club.

Her daughter, Hannah Hendrick, first joined the club aged 11 and now plays regional games and coaches.

Lauren Welsh, 12, also a daughter of a club member – Kerry Welsh – is a talented young player.

Hendrick says the club plans to continue to move forward by building its members, improving coaching skills but above all delivering fun netball.

Having attained bronze Club Action Planning Scheme (CAPS), she is now aiming for silver.

Gosport Gators juniors train at St Vincent College, Forton Road, Gosport on Fridays (6.15pm).

The adults session is on a Monday (7.30pm).

Contact pmagators@hotmail.com for more information.