PL Kicks' netball sessions prove popular
The Swans Community Trust might well be the official charity of Swansea City AFC, but that doesn’t mean that the only sport we focus on is football.
As well as community football coaching, Soccer Camps and Walking Football, the Community Trust hosts sessions in an array of sports from basketball to table tennis, but did you know that our Premier League Kicks project also focuses heavily on netball?
“We’ve been running the sessions for three years now,” said Morgan Ireland, one of the netball coaches. “Over that time we’ve definitely noticed a huge improvement in the girls’ skills, as well as the numbers increasing each year.
“We train every week with each age group and we start with skill work before focusing a lot on match play so that they get used to the games. You can tell when they come week on week, they’re improving,” she continued.
Rhodri Morgan, one of our Premier League Kicks coaches, added, “It is great for the Swans Community Trust Kicks project to run netball sessions as it gives young females an opportunity to be a part of Swansea City AFC and participate in a sport other than football.
“Over the last few years we have seen young people who have been attending these sessions progress into playing for senior netball clubs in their local area.”
Taking place on a weekly basis at Morriston Comprehensive School, as well as at Baglan Boys and Girls Club, PL Kicks’ netball sessions engage with 172 girls ranging from 8 to 17 years of age and they’re proving popular.
“I’ve been coming to these sessions for about two years now,” said Eleri, who attends our sessions in Baglan. “We work on passing, dodging and our footwork, as well as defending and my skills have 100% improved since I started attending. It’s also really nice to meet new people,” she added and she’s not alone.
“I like coming to these sessions to see my friends but to also improve my netball skills,” echoed Kacey, who also plays netball at Baglan Boys and Girls Club. “I also enjoy playing in games and matches.”
If you want to come along to our netball sessions, they run at the following times:
- Morriston Comprehensive School (after school club) – Tuesdays 3-4pm
- Baglan Boys and Girls Club – Wednesdays 4-7pm
- Mini Kicks @ Baglan Boys and Girls club – Saturdays 10am-12pm
In addition to netball, our Premier League Kicks project delivers football sessions throughout Swansea and its surrounding communities and continues to go from strength to strength. So far this season, Kicks has engaged with over 1,400 participants at over 20 venues
To find out more about our netball sessions or Premier League Kicks, please email Ian@scfccommunitytrust.co.uk