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Kids in Moray are cock-a-hoop for a game of netball


By Staff Reporter


NETBALL is all the rage with youngsters in Moray right now.

Youngsters who took part in the Gordonstoun netball event.
Youngsters who took part in the Gordonstoun netball event.

Proof of the sport’s growth in this area comes with the fact that more than 850 girls play on a regular basis, between the primary three and secondary six age groups.

For the younger ones, the Moray Primary Netball Series is currently underway and the second event took place last Thursday.

Each year Active Schools hosts a series of Moray-wide competitions to allow participants to experience a friendly, competitive environment and have the chance to play teams from other schools.

Amanda Walker, the Active Schools co-ordinator for the Keith area, explained how Gordonstoun School gave the use of their fantastic sport hall facility for the latest event in the series.

“With 12 teams entered, over 80 pupils from eight primary schools from across Moray took part in the P6-P7 festival event,” she said.

“Primary school netball is played by both boys and girls and it was great to see how well mixed teams played together. “

Active Schools mentors Young Leaders – pupils who volunteer their time to lead or assist at activity sessions. – as part of the initiative.

Four Forres Academy and one Milne’s High School pupil were the umpires at this event, ensuring that the rules of the game were in place and that a fair game was had by all.

“These events can only take place because of the efforts of volunteers like these Young Leaders, and also the coaches who give their time on a weekly basis, year-round,” Amanda added.

The final event of the Moray Primary Netball Series will take place in June. Moray has an adult netball club in Lossie, a bounce back to netball club in Elgin, and walking netball sessions in both Elgin and Keith.

Active Schools is currently sourcing funding to further develop the sport with a view to creating a junior club, thereby creating a pathway from Active Schools Activity Sessions, to the range of adult sessions available in the community.

If successful, funding will provide equipment, venue hire and staff time to develop a constituted junior netball club.

If you are able to offer a funding opportunity for this project, contact active.schools@moray.gov.uk or phone Kim Paterson on 07811 670 645.



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