Cawte & Co on the way up again

Chichester Netball Club
Chichester Netball Club
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Chichester Netball Club remain on track for yet another promotion as they aim to rise through the divisions once again.

The team, which was formed in 2006, initially played in the Chichester and Bognor League before switching to the Portsmouth League a year later.

Known as the Blues, they were entered into division three and worked their way right up to the premiership.

After entering a second team called Chichester Reds in division five, they went back to one team last year when most of the original players left the Blues and joined the Reds in division four.

Since then the team have continued to improve and currently sit proudly at the top of division three.

Captain Claire Cawte said: ‘I am very proud of all the players’ commitment and dedication to the team, both with playing and scoring every week.

‘We are doing really well and enjoy playing together.

‘We are not just team-mates. We are all good friends and have end-of-season meals with plenty of trophies and awards for best player, players’ player and most improved player.

‘We would like to welcome Becky Newstead to the squad. She has already proved to be a valuable member of the team in defence.

‘Georgie Sims continues to play in National Three for Just Ahead and we are all very proud of her.’

The return of Bridget Heather from New Zealand is another bonus for the team, who have high hopes for the future.

Cawte added: ‘This is great news for the club as Bridget has been playing a high standard of netball over there and has been sorely missed the last few seasons.

‘Our aim is to play higher league netball as we were before the split from the Chichester Blues who are now known as Falcons and have no link to us anymore.’

As well as competing in the adult league, Chichester also have four successful teams in the junior league.

There are two under-16 sides, one under-14 team and an under-12 squad.

Some of the under-16 players have been competing at county level and help out in the adult league when needed.

The juniors train on Thursday nights at Lavant House School, Chichester. If anyone is interested in joining contact

The club are hoping to organise a tournament based in Chichester over the summer and will let teams know when more details are available.

Vice captain Amy Kyffin added: ‘I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Claire Cawte on her upcoming marriage in August from all at the club.’