England Take Bronze In Netball Nations Cup

The Roses didn’t go home empty handed in the first-ever Netball Nations Cup, winning the bronze medal, although they had hoped to make it to the final to be competing for silver or gold.

However, it wasn’t to be, with the England team losing to Jamaica in their semi-final, setting up a final clash between New Zealand and the Caribbean nation. England, meanwhile, played South Africa for bronze and were able to take the win in a close match where the final score was 65-63.

Speaking to the BBC, England defender Stacey Francis said that the whole team expected to do better in the contest.

“We’re ambitious and not making the final was an opportunity missed,” she said. Ms Francis added that winning gold in the Commonwealth Games in 2018 shows what the team is capable of.

There’s still work for the team to do to see them reach their full potential, she stated. “We don’t want to become a team that is happy with a 50-50 success rate as we want to win every time we step onto the court.”

Although England’s fans will no doubt be disappointed that the Roses weren’t able to make the final of the competition, it’s been an excellent showcase for the sport. New Zealand remained unbeaten throughout the competition and there were some excellent clashes between the teams.

England Netball revealed that ticket sales for both the Netball Nations Cup and the 2020 season of the Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) sold at their fastest and highest grossing rate ever, highlighting the sport’s increasing popularity.

If you want to get involved in the sport, look into Kingston netball lessons to start honing your skills.

inspiresport Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup 2019/2020 – PLATE FINAL FOUR

PLATE FINALS 19/20th March at The Grange School, Northwich

When the Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup launched back in April 2018, we wanted to give netballers more opportunities to compete and for them to experience playing teams from across the country that they would not normally play against.

With our new title sponsor inspiresport we wanted this years competition to be even bigger and better!  Last year 125 schools and over 350 teams entered across 7 age groups.  For 2019/2020 we have had over 300 schools and 550 teams.

This means that over 6500 girls have taken to the court in this year’s competition!  We have loved seeing all of the amazing tweets, action shots and team photos – we hope the girls have enjoyed being in the Cup.  The quality of netball has been fantastic – with close matches and several games going to extra time!

This year we introduced a Plate Competition which meant even more competition for the girls and we wanted to reward all the hard work by hosting the Plate Finals so their talent can be showcased.

Below is a round up of the age groups

U12

North – Oldham Hulme School

Midlands – Loughborough High School

South East – Bedford Girls School

South West – St Swithun’s

U13

North – North Chadderton School

Midlands – Bourne Grammar School

South East – TBC

South West – Winner of Farmor’s v Queen Anne’s

U14

North – The Grange School

Midlands – Kesteven & Sleaford High School

South East – Bedford Girls School

South West – Winner of St Helen & St Katherine’s v (Maynard or Colstons)

U15

North – The Bolton School

Midlands – Winner of Loughborough High School v King Edward VI High School for Girls 

South East – Reigate Grammar School

South West – Winner of Portsmouth High School v (Bournemouth Collegiate or Colyton Grammar School)

U16

North – Royal Grammar School, Newcastle

Midlands – Winner of St George’s Academy v Kings High School, Warwick

South East – St Alban’s High School for Girls

South West – Monkton School

Seniors

North – Winner of St Bedes v Ashville College

Midlands – Malvern College

South East – Winner of South Hampstead High School v Samuel Whitbread Academy

South West – Winner of Wellington School v Magdalen College School, Oxford

Information regarding our Plate Finals at The Grange School, Northwich

Our Plate Finals will be LIVE streamed so you can watch all the action even if you are no able to attend.

Check out some of the team photos below!

Thank you so much for sharing your team photos with us – keep them coming!

Entries for next year will open at the end of February.

inspiresport Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup 2019/2020 – CUP COMPETITION FINAL FOUR

CUP FINALS 24/25th March at Bromsgrove School

When the Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup launched back in April 2018, we wanted to give netballers more opportunities to compete and for them to experience playing teams from across the country that they would not normally play against.

With our new title sponsor inspiresport we wanted this years competition to be even bigger and better!  Last year 125 schools and over 350 teams entered across 7 age groups.  For 2019/2020 we have had over 300 schools and 550 teams.

This means that over 6500 girls have taken to the court in this year’s competition!  We have loved seeing all of the amazing tweets, action shots and team photos – we hope the girls have enjoyed being in the Cup.  The quality of netball has been fantastic – with close matches and several games going to extra time!

Below is a round up of the age groups

U12

North – The Grange School, Northwich  

Midlands – Solihull School

South East – Haileybury

South West – St Helen & St Katherine’s

U13

North – Cheadle Hulme School

Midlands – Solihull School

South East – Putney High School

South West – Winner of Colston’s v St Helen & St Katherine’s

U14

North – Withington School

Midlands – Bablake School    

South East – Berkhamsted School

South West – St Swithuns 

We have a rematch for last years’s semi-final for the South!

U15 

North – Blue Coat School

Midlands – Solihull School

South East – Hurstierpoint College

South West – Winner of Penryn College v St Helen & St Katherine’s

U16

North – Bury Grammar School

Midlands – Winner of Nottingham Girls High School v Solihull School

South East – Godolphin & Latymer

South West – Winner of St Peter’s v St Swithun’s

Seniors

North – Winner of Sedbergh v Greenhead College

Midlands – Bromsgrove School

South East – Worthing College

South West – Brighton College

Information regarding our Cup Finals at Bromsgrove School

Our Finals will be LIVE streamed so you can watch all the action even if you are no able to attend.

Check out some of the team photos below!

Thank you so much for sharing your team photos with us – keep them coming!

Entries for next year will open at the end of February.

3 Mistakes To Avoid When Getting Fit

Now we’re over half way through January, the new year is no longer feeling so ‘new’, and if you’ve kept up with your new year fitness resolutions, then well done! Keep it up! It can be difficult at this time of year to embrace a new fitness regime, so Putney netball classes have some tips to help avoid making some common mistakes.

Health England has just announced another instalment of their “This Girl Can” campaign, according to AdWeek, showing realistic depictions of women proving they can, while pregnant, or during their period, or with disabilities. Motivation and determination are essential to getting yourself fit, but let’s have a look at what to avoid.

Firstly, your body is not the enemy! You need to work with your body, not fight against it, or it will fight back. When you start a new fitness and health plan, you could be asking your body to do a lot of new things, and it’ll take time for it to become accustomed to all this new activity. Results don’t happen immediately, so be kind to yourself.

We are all slaves to social media, letting it dictate what we should eat, what we should be wearing, and sadly, what we should look like. Never let social media define your fitness goals. You have the power to make your own choices, and while it’s fine to be inspired by Instagram influencers, only you know what you want from your body.

Choose your goals sensibly. You might want drastic changes to your health, fitness, and lifestyle. But unrealistic goals mean we’re more unlikely to fall off the wagon sooner. Plan your goals in a way that you know you can achieve, and then once that’s done, plan the next goal.

Joining a sports team is an incredibly good way to get active and feel fitter, as well as the social experience of team building with other women. If you’re thinking of finding netball courses in Putney, then get in touch today.

Record Ticket Sales For England Netball

England Netball has said it’s recorded the fastest and highest grossing ticket sales for it’s upcoming Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) 2020 season, and the new Vitality Nations Netball cup. The governing body for netball in England has credited the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup, and the English Roses’ success in the 2018 Commonwealth Games as driving interest.

According to England Netball, Jess Thirlby, head coach for the Vitality Roses, has announced the squad for the January 2020 Vitality Netball Nations Cup. The England team will be meeting champions New Zealand, Jamaica, and South Africa during the series taking place across Birmingham, Nottingham, and London.

Meanwhile, head coach of New Zealand’s Silver Ferns squad, Noelle Taurua has made changes to her team, in preparation for the trip to England in the new year, losing captain Laura Langman, and Katrina Rore, both of whom are taking a sabbatical. They will be replaced by Maia Wilson, Whitney Souness, and Kimiora Poi.

The new Nations Cup kicks off on 19 January, with three of the four days already sold out, and 21,000 spectators expected to turn up to the London and Nottingham events. England Netball has also stated that 95 per cent of the tickets have been sold for the VNSL season opener at Arena Birmingham, where all the teams will play a match on the same day.

Fran Connolly, CEO of England Netball, said: “It is absolutely clear that success at an elite level drives growth across many aspects of the sport and it’s hugely reassuring to see the successes of the Vitality Roses now filtering down to positively impact our domestic ticket buying audiences.”

If you’re interested in taking up netball lessons in Wandsworth and Kingston, get in touch today.

Boost Your Christmas Dinner!

You may be taking a break from your Putney netball classes in the week of Christmas, but make sure you maximise your gains from Christmas dinner.

Christmas dinner has an unfairly bad rep as an unhealthy meal and it doesn’t need to be the case. Follow these tips to enjoy, and boost your gains from Christmas dinner.

Go BIG on the turkey

Turkey is a great lean meat that many healthy eaters rely on throughout the year, and should be welcomed at the Christmas table.

Make sure you get a large portion of turkey meat to help you feel satisfied and get your protein needs met.

Pigs in blankets

As long as they are good quality, a couple of these won’t hurt and will boost your protein intake, along with a bit of fat to make sure you are satisfied.

Eat your sprouts (and cabbage)

Christmas dinner actually includes a couple of vegetable powerhouses that we don’t see much of the rest of the year. Brussels sprouts are incredibly rich in a range of important vitamins and minerals including iron and folate which is important for women of child-bearing age.

Red cabbage is similarly packed with an impressive array of antioxidants and vitamins and minerals, so help yourself liberally.

Eat the rainbow

It doesn’t stop with the sprouts and cabbage either. Make sure you eat the rainbow this Christmas and get some carrots, parsnips and any other vegetables going in you.

Chocolate is basically a vegetable

Chocolate and nut-based sweet treats contain fibre and antioxidants, as long as they are good quality.

Fitness Trackers For Kids This Christmas?

Parents struggling to find something to buy their children this Christmas might want to boost their activity levels and motivate them to get involved in sport by giving them a fitness tracker to open on December 25th.

If you want your young ones to get fitter in 2020 by enrolling them in Putney netball classes, you could get the ball rolling by encouraging them to increase the number of steps they take and how long they are active for.

Fitness trackers could be ideal for this, with The Sun reporting that kids’ activity watches “are a gamified way of getting kids to enjoy getting outdoors and moving around, even in the rain, when they’re grumpy and when they’re exhausted”.

Many provide incentives for children to reach their step goal, such as being able to play a game or receive a virtual badge. Therefore, kids are more likely to increase their activity levels by wanting to receive these rewards at the end of each day.

Mums and dads who are looking for a fitness tracker for their youngster have been advised by Which? to consider the Fitbit Ace2, which is designed for children who are six and older.

This chunky strap is available in pink, green, purple, blue or yellow, making it appealing for young children. It tracks steps and sleep, and reminds youngsters to move if they have been inactive for a bit.

It also suggested the Garmin Vivofit Jnr 2, which gives kids rewards not only for meeting their step goals, but also for completing chores. The tracker is a good choice for swimmers, as it is waterproof, and comes in bright patterns, including Marvel, Disney and Star Wars designs.

Red Bull Brings Own Brand Of Netball To Manchester

It’s safe to say that the performance of the English Roses in recent netballing competitions has elevated the sport in the minds of the public in the UK.

We love seeing so many people taking an interest in netball and all it can offer them, either by following the league and national competitions or by joining in with Reigate netball classes.

But now there’s a new version of netball coming to the UK. Later this month, Red Bull will bring its Red Bull Switch Up event to Manchester. This is an opportunity for small teams to compete against one another in a very different format to traditional netball.

GiveMeSport explained that the matches are played on just half a court, with only one goal. There are four players per team and everyone is allowed to shoot. The format also introduces new set positions, and two scoring zones: one within the D and one outside. If you score within the D, you earn one point, but scoring from outside the D earns you three points.

Tamsin Greenway, ex-England netballer, commented: “After a massive year for netball it’s great to see tournaments such as Red Bull Switch Up continuing that hype and passion for the sport here in the UK.”

The tournament will take place at EventCity in Manchester on 23 November, when all-women teams will battle it out to be crowned champions. This is the fourth year that Red Bull has run the event.

Red Bull’s tournament is far from the only high-profile netball competition to look forward to in the UK. In January, England will host the inaugural Vitality Netball Champions Cup in Nottingham.