Passion helps Purbrook prosper

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the foundations have been laid and now Purbrook are enjoying success on court.

It was back in April when the club was formed by a group of parents who set out to give their children the chance to develop their fitness and netball skills.

As a result, the junior ranks are now bursting with talent and they are on the path to a fantastic future.

In the summer, Purbrook entered three teams into the Portsmouth Junior Netball League.

Despite a difficult opening with some tough battles on the court, the girls soon started working really well together and achieved great results.

At the end of the season, the under-14 A team came second in the league.

Growth is rapid and the club have entered four teams in the Portsmouth Junior League for the winter season.

They have three under-14 sides – Purbrook Pumas, Purbrook Pythons and Purbrook Panthers – and one under-12 team – Purbrook Pandas.

Dedicated coaches Jacqui Hussey and Clare Searle are heading up the operation.

They are committed to the sport and have played in the Portsmouth Netball League for many years.

The squad all have mixed ability but the coaches make each training session fun and focus on fitness and netball skills.

At the end of every term, the girls challenge their mums and dads to a ‘friendly’ game of netball.

This usually starts with a fitness session and then a netball match, with the girls pitched against the adults.

It ensures everyone at the club is involved and highlights exactly where the girls get their competitive streaks from!

The emphasis at the club, though, is on family atmosphere.

Junior representative, Jordan White, said: ‘Purbrook is a fantastic club which enables girls from different backgrounds to get to know each other.

‘I have been a member since the club first started and I no longer think of the girls as just my friends, I think of us all as one, big family.

‘The training is intense and Jacqui and Clare really put us through our paces.

‘But it is great fun, it keeps us fit and they really encourage us to do our very best.’

Hannah Munden, the club’s other junior representative, added: ‘You receive a lot of support from the coaches in order to help you develop as a netball player.

‘The activities are fun and the other girls are friendly and supportive.’

Due to the enthusiasm of the parents, and led by the coaches, the club have also recently established an adult team Purbrook Passion.

They have entered the side into division four of the Portsmouth Netball League and made a good start, winning four of their first eight matches.

Many of the players are parents of the junior team who have only just returned to netball, having not played since school.

The club are considering entering an additional team into the adult league next season, due to the growing interest from the parents.

In addition to training and playing matches, the coaches are also keen to involve the players in fund-raising activities and social events.

A successful ‘bag pack’ day took place at Asda, raising more than £400 for the club and more events are planned.

Hussey, chairperson and head coach of Purbrook, said: ‘It is a real pleasure to be at a club that has so much support and enthusiasm from the parents and girls.

‘Without their support the club could not be a success and the club’s good reputation is spreading with new junior players joining monthly.’

If you are interested in three free trial sessions, go to Springfield School on Mondays between 7pm-9pm, or telephone Jacqui on 07717 211024 for more information.

Purbrook are also looking for sponsors.