Work colleagues enjoy excellent event

The netball event for work colleagues
The netball event for work colleagues
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ENGLAND NETBALL and Energise Me combined to host a fun afternoon of mixed netball.

Four companies took part in the event.

It was jointly organised by Energise Me and England Netball to help work colleagues get active and for many, try a new activity for the first time since their school days.

Hampshire based CM Sports, a schools’ coaching provider, took the top spot with an unbeaten record throughout the afternoon.

There was plenty of impressive netball played.

Jordan Cheung, who played in the event, said: ‘We had a very, very good day.’

And team captain Ciara White feels the squad could look to play in a regular team event.

Close behind them were runners-up Estee Lauder, Portsmouth team, whose ladies already play in the All About Netball League, in Fareham.

Captain Lucy Heaton said: ‘You can’t beat a bit of netball and charity – it was a great team effort.’

University Hospital, Southampton came in third but had already won the shootout prize by scoring the most goals per team in seven minutes with an impressive 58 goals.

Captain Andy Fox enjoyed the event and enjoys playing sport with his colleagues, even netball.

Finally, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors showed they could play on any court, and were good sports and definitely the most improved team on the day.

There aren’t many opportunities for men to play netball but they all took to the game well and had a great time.

To recognise World Cancer Day the event also raised £30 for Cancer Research.

Harry Stow, from Energise Me, said: ‘We are very grateful to England Netball for co-ordinating this event for us.

‘Through our Workplace Challenge programme we are encouraging companies to facilitate opportunities for their employees, increasing their activity levels.

‘Whether a lunchtime stroll, an after work exercise class, or encouraging employees to enter a team into events like this mixed netball festival.’

Carey McCormick, netball development officer for Hampshire & IOW added: ‘I was thrilled to work with Energise Me.

‘It was great to see everyone smiling and enjoying the fun, albeit in a competitive atmosphere.

‘Events such as these could not run without the support and time given freely by our volunteers so a special thank you to our volunteer officials on the day.

‘There are lots of playing opportunities for people to get active, try something new, have a bit of fun and meet new people.’

See englandnetball.co.uk/netball-finder/ or workplacechallenge.org.uk/hampshireiow/ for more details.