Backers help bring more girls into sport

PUBLISHED: 07:40 29 January 2016 | UPDATED: 07:40 29 January 2016

Axe Valley Netball Club

Axe Valley Netball Club

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Newly formed Axe Vale Netball Club goes from strength to strength

The newly formed Axe Vale Netball Club continues to go from strength to strength with some 60 members and five teams now competing in the Exeter and District Junior League.

Across two Tuesday evening training sessions at LED Axminster Sports Centre, girls aged between 11 and 16 learn the skills of the sport and participate in coached games.

The club has three, level two UKCC qualified netball coaches, additional qualified umpires and assistant coaches, who all give their support free of charge.

A spokesman said: “Axminster and the surrounding area have very few opportunities dedicated to encouraging teenage girls into sport, whereas the opportunities for boys and men exist, particularly in football and cricket.

“The taster sessions in the summer of 2015 showed the desperate need for netball in this area and the retention and growth of club members since the summer has shown that the club is contributing significantly to the health and wellbeing of 11- to 16-year-old girls in this area.

“The club has found that reducing the barriers for girls returning to or taking up sport is extremely important.

“This means keeping costs to the girls as low as possible and having an indoor venue. This has only been achieved through the support of local organisations providing grants and LED Axminster freeing up space in the sports hall.

Last week, Liz Stonex, chairman of the Axe Vale Show, which donated £250 to the club, went along to see the girls in action. Other support has come from Candles on the Cobb, Axminster Rotary, Active Devon and Cllr Andrew Moulding via his locality budget grant. Find the club on Facebook: Axe Vale Netball Club or email for more information: love2playnetball@gmail.com

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