Surrey Storm role is perfect for Keet

Helen Keet is looking forward to her new role with Surrey Storm
Helen Keet is looking forward to her new role with Surrey Storm
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New Surrey Storm netball development officer Helen Keet is relishing the challenge ahead.

Over the last few years she has been responsible for building a hugely successful league in Fareham.

This now has five divisions including a premier, a booming junior league, and even more recently a mixed league.

Now Keet has the chance to work for the Vitality Netball Superleague club.

She said: ‘I’ve been lucky and have tremendous support from our local England netball community coach and the best team of umpires I could wish for and so the leagues are almost running without me.

‘Not one to sit about, I decided to take on a new challenge.

‘A friend of mine sent me details of this job role and I just went for it.’

Based at Surrey Sports Park, Surrey Storm have won the Superleague championship twice.

Storm’s new director of netball Mikki Austin believes Keet will help the club to bring in new players from the area. 

She said: ‘We have a huge region and an amazing fan base so we would like to expand our outreach and take more netball opportunities to them.

‘Having Helen in this role will allow us to do just that.

‘This role is about getting involved with schools, clubs and linking up all the avenues from participation to performance at its highest.’

Keet is looking forward to seeing players develop and hopefully go on to make a big impression with Storm.

She added: ‘I’m so excited, it’s an amazing chance to spread more netball within our area and partner up with some of our local schools.

‘We are already providing coaching sessions, taster sessions and even some lucky girls are getting player appearance coached sessions with some of our star players like Mikki Austin.

‘It doesn’t stop there, though.

‘There will also be some opportunities for our local coaches and umpires to get involved with Storm Camps and other initiatives that will run.

‘For me personally, I get a chance to work with the likes of Mikki Austin, Emily Nemeth and the super team that help run the whole operation.’ 

In the pipeline are coaching for coaching sessions coming up early next year.

Three invitational tournaments for schools and junior clubs are being run so if you have a club or school that would like to be considered, or for any Storm related venture contact Keet on email at h.keet@surrey.ac.uk