On the Ball

Our blog from the students this week comes from two of our students who are thriving within our comprehensive netball programme at school.  At AKS we endeavour to support every student to enjoy their chosen sport and to be involved in ways that go beyond just winning.

When and where did you first start playing netball?
I started playing in primary school in Years 5 and 6.

Do you play for a club?
Yes, I play for Blackpool.

What representative level do you currently play at?
I now play for the Lancashire County U14 netball team.

How often do you train?
I train with school on Thursdays at lunchtime, and with Blackpool on Friday, and with the county on Thursdays after school.

What would be your dream in terms of netball?
My dream would be to play for England one day.

What do you love about netball?
I love playing with my team, and enjoy playing the sport with my friends.

What words of advice or encouragement would you give to a new player?
Just to keep pushing yourself, never give up and train as much as possible.

Ellie in Year 9

When, why and where did you first start umpiring at netball?
I started umpiring about 8 months ago.  I started because I play in the Fylde Netball League and decided that I wanted to attempt umpiring as I love the game and wanted to know more about the sport.

How often do you umpire?
I umpire once a week outside of school for division 5 in the league and now for the Year 7 Wyre and Fylde Netball League for our own Year 7 AKS teams.

What representative level do you currently play at?
I play in Division 2 in the Fylde Netball League

What would be your dream in terms of netball umpiring be?
I would love to become an England A grade umpire and travel with the team umpiring.

What do you love about umpiring?
I love knowing all the rules as it improves my game.  I like being able to understand the umpires more, it also makes my game more enjoyable.

What words of advice or encouragement would you give to a new player?
Don’t be scared to blow the whistle, and have the confidence if you get something wrong, no one gets angry.

Emily in Year 11