Netball was something the Cams ladies all had a taste of during their late teens and early 20s.
But it took a local school newsletter to reignite their love of the sport after careers and family had put it firmly on the backburner.
It was like we had never stopped playing – apart from a few more aches and pains than the first time around!Gwyneth Down
They spotted an advert for Back to Netball sessions.
Concerned about their advancing years, they went along tentatively.
But England Netball coach Debbie Laycock made them all extremely welcome.
Cams captain Gwyneth Down said: ‘It was like we had never stopped playing – apart from a few more aches and pains than the first time around!
‘One thing led to another and we decided organise our first team to enter the league.’
Cams entered the winter 2014 All About Netball League on a Monday evening at Cams Hill School.
The team was formed entirely of ladies from the Back to Netball sessions.
Cams Chaos was chosen as their name – as it summed up the state of the ladies’ game at that point
‘Some might say that it still does,’ added Down.
‘Our first season went okay in terms of results but in terms of enjoyment, we had a great time.’
Cams Chaos continued training at Back to Netball sessions.
But soon – with a bit of encouragement a few of the teenage daughters of team members decided to join.
And two teams were entered into the league this summer.
After struggling for a name, the second team became Cams Confusion.
Now the ladies were really serious, Maggie Barnes approached a few businesses as potential sponsors.
Her efforts were successful as RRS (Rapid Response Solutions) – a company specialising in heavy lifting equipment based in Havant – got on board.
With their funding, the teams were all equipped with new kit.
Cams started their own training sessions – every other week on a Sunday at Cams Hill School.
Kelly Wallis was approached to coach the teams.
‘She deserves a medal for trying to keep us all in order and teach us some netball skills,’ added Down.
Inspired by this, Barnes and Becky Lish took their Level 1 coaching qualification last year.
The former is now close to completing Level 2 and will support Wallis as the club develops.
The club enjoyed a fantastic summer season with Cams Chaos earning promotion into division one of the league.
When recently entering two of the Back to Netball tournaments they took the runners up in one and were winners of the other.
They have now added a third team – Cams Commotion.
The club ethos is play netball, keep fit and most of all have fun.