Passionate Purbrook prepare for biggest test

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Purbrook Passion are flying high after two consecutive Portsmouth League promotions.

After finishing as runners up in division four, they cruised to the division three title last term – losing just two games on the way.

Now they are all champing at the bit to get their division two challenge underway.

Skipper – and head coach – Jacqui Hussey could not be happier with her team.

She said: ‘I am so proud of all of the girls.

‘It was a great team effort, with lots of commitment and individual development of each and every player.

‘We are all now looking forward to the challenge in division two.’

Hussey led the squad of Clare Searle, Georgette Alayyan, Clare Whitehead, Harriet Spalding, Chloe Moase, Maddy Brooks, Charlotte Belcher, Olivia Dickson and Lizzie Dickin to the title.

It marked another ground-breaking season for Purbrook Netball Club, who were only formed in April 2012.

The team was started by a group of parents whose daughters were all passionate about the sport and wanted to have a club local to their community.

They also wanted to have a say in the way the club was run.

‘So the parents approached Jacqui Hussey to see if she was interested in running the club – despite being new to coaching.

In turn the club committed to helping Hussey earn the relevant coaching qualifications and the partnership has flourished ever since.

Hussey said: ‘We have formed an official committee with three other key members – Clare Searle as assistant coach, Julie Belcher the club secretary and Karen Brooks, treasurer.

‘Between us we devised a constitution to ensure the club is run efficiently and effectively.

‘We meet on a termly basis to ensure we are maintaining this and we are also working towards our All England Bronze CAPS accreditation in April of this year.’

Purbrook entered teams in the Portsmouth Netball Association’s junior league, which the girls enjoyed.

But some longed to tackle adult opponents and so Purbrook Passion was formed, with five experienced players and five juniors between the ages of 13 and 16.

They started out in division four before – in the summer of 2013 – they were promoted to division three.

And their fine form continued there as they took the crown.

With Passion going from strength to strength, the club entered another team called Purbrook Petals.

They have just completed a very commendable season in division five.

And now the club are aiming to launch a third team.

Purbrook’s young talents train every Monday evening.

They have 50 members, split into two sessions – 6pm to 7.30pm for under-12/13s and 7.30pm to 9.30pm for under-14s and above.

Club secretary Belcher said: ‘My daughter Charlotte started playing six years ago and since she has been coached by Jacqui her confidence has grown and she has really matured as a player.

‘She is now playing with Purbrook Passion and, even though she is only 14, this is a real testament to the training, commitment and passion Jacqui puts in.’

Purbrook are on the lookout for a new sponsor – with funds required for a new kit and another Level 1 coach.

If you are interested or want to find out more about Purbrook Netball Club, call Hussey on 07717 211024.