Debbie Laycock is celebrating national selection.
The Portsmouth player has been confirmed by England Netball – the sport’s national governing body – as a netball development community coach.
And she will be responsible for bringing the successful ‘Back to Netball’ programme to the south coast for the first time.
Laycock, who has played, coached and umpired in the area for more than 15 years, will organise, promote, deliver and sustain the sessions in neighbouring Southampton.
She said: ‘Back to Netball is a gentle reintroduction to the sport for ladies of all ages.
‘Sessions are coach-led and will cover the basics of the game from chest-passes to footwork.
‘Whether it is about rediscovering sporting abilities you forgot you had, about getting active again or just meeting a group of like-minded ladies, these sessions cater for all abilities.
‘Giggles are guaranteed.’
Laycock is based at Solent University and is currently taking her UKCC Level 3 coaching qualification.
She is already a C award umpire and previously worked at Brockenhurst College, where she coached netball.
The 31-year-old is delighted to have landed her new role, describing it as part of her ‘lifetime ambition’.
And now she can’t wait to make the most of it.
Laycock said: ‘For me, to have a full-time role within netball is a lifetime’s ambition I didn’t think I would ever realise.
‘To work locally, reintroducing the sport to ladies who perhaps haven’t played since school is very rewarding.
‘Many have forgotten how much they loved playing but I am happy to remind them.
‘It’s great for getting fit, having fun and making friends.’
Hundreds of women from all over the country are getting ‘Back to Netball’ each week.
For more information, log on to englandnetball.co.uk/Back-to-Netball for sessions near you.