Grass roots secret to blossoming Fireflys

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Fareham Fireflys have always been focused on the sport’s grass roots and opportunities for all.

And head coach Ros Bellamy believes this is the reason for their continued success.

The club had six teams in the Gosport & Fareham Junior League last season.

Fareham Fireflys Lilac and Fareham Fireflys Pink were in the under-16s division and finished third and fifth respectively.

Fareham Fireflys Black, Fareham Fireflys Aqua, Fareham Fireflys Red and Fareham Fireflys Purple all took part in the under-14s competition.

They finished second, third, fourth and fifth respectively.

In the adult league, Fareham Fireflys Blue maintained their place in division four – finishing sixth.

Fareham Zodiacs finished second in the same division and with it earned promotion to division three.

Elsewhere, Fareham Vixens secured promotion to division six after netting a superb runners-up finish in the seventh tier.

Fareham Spartans came third in division six and have joined forces with Cherque Chicks for the summer season.

They have been christened Fareham Chicks and now reside in division five of the league.

Fareham Hornets remained in the sixth tier – despite finishing second from bottom in the table last term.

Fareham Fireflys could not prevent relegation to division five, though, after recorded just a single win.

But Bellamy is looking forward to a fresh start for the team.

‘Because of promotion the season before and the change of night, we lost several players,’ she said.

‘This led to making changes to the team.

‘But having now played together for a season, I hope the girls will be able to start the summer league with confidence.’

Fareham Fireflys currently run nine junior training sessions in four secondary schools across Fareham.

They are also in the process of starting up two new satellite sessions to accommodate the growing demand of junior members.

‘We have around 180 registered junior members,’ said Bellamy.

‘And we are always looking to encourage coaching and umpiring within the club.

‘We are therefore always looking for new coaches to join us.

Meanwhile, Bellamy is also pleased to welcome Back to Netball to Fareham Leisure Centre.

She said: ‘Having run several return to netball sessions myself – and having teams currently playing in the Gosport & Fareham League – I know the enjoyment ladies can have when they are given the opportunity to play again.

‘I have many mums who will take up the opportunity, so I hope the sessions go well.

‘We also look forward to being part of a mother and daughter tournament in the spring run by Debbie Laycock – the England Netball development community coach.’