Netball in Grimsby going from strength to strength
MORE women are flocking to netball courts in Grimsby as the sport continues to flourish nationally.
England's 3-0 series whitewash of world number ones Australia last month came as Sport England plan to invest an additional £6-million into the sport at grassroots and elite level.
Before their stunning series slam, England had only beaten Australia twice in more than 60 attempts.
But the nation's rapid improvement came as no surprise to Grimsby & District Senior Netball League chair Ann-Marie Tuplin.
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While the number of people playing netball has risen by 34 per cent nationally in the past four years, participation levels have also increased in Grimsby. About 450 players take part in the Grimsby & District Senior Netball Winter League, which hosts matches on Monday and Tuesday nights at Oasis Academy Wintringham.
"Well done England – and about time too!" said Tuplin. "England have been 'knocking on the door' of beating the best for a long time, and finally this emphatic win over Australia has proved it.
"To see Sport England are investing £6-million in the sport can only enhance the game and make it more accessible for women and children all over the country.
"We have 44 teams across four divisions," she continued. "Most teams have ten players registered, but some have up to 15.
"We encourage new teams to enter the league and, through the coverage that we have been receiving over the last few years with the Grimsby Telegraph, our profile has gone up tremendously."
On top of the successful senior league, committee member Rachel Winfarrah – coach of the year award winner at the North East Lincolnshire Sports Association Awards night last December – runs a junior netball initiative in Grimsby.
Back to Netball sessions are also in operation, which give ladies a chance to return to the sport they may have loved at school.
"All our committee members are volunteers and without commitment to their particular roles, we wouldn't be in the strong position that we are in today," added Tuplin.
"This league has been running for more than 40 years and to be part of it is an absolute pleasure."
For details about getting involved with the Grimsby & District Senior Netball League, contact Anne-Marie Tuplin at firstname.lastname@example.org