Jet­ting off to Paris

Halifax Courier - - Schoolsnews Brooksbank - By Staff and Stu­dents

This Easter, a group of 25 of Brooks­bank’s finest net­ballers headed across the chan­nel en route for the In­ter­na­tional Ju­nior Net­ball Fes­ti­val at Dis­ney­land Paris. “The girls can’t wait to take part at this pre­mier ju­nior net­balling event,” says coach, Miss Kirsty Hem­ming­way, speak­ing be­fore they de­parted.

The fes­ti­val, which at­tracts com­peti­tors from as far away as Aus­tralia, com­bines net­ball tour­na­ments and coach­ing mas­ter­classes with in­ter­na­tional play­ers. Five days of play-offs, matches, skills de­vel­op­ment, coach­ing clin­ics and sight­see­ing in the fa­mous re­sort, are just some of the at­trac­tions on of­fer.

“Plus, we will be tak­ing our own mem­ber of the Eng­land squad with us!” said Kirsty.

Fol­low­ing tri­als at the English In­sti­tute of Sport in Sh­effield, Imo­gen Al­li­son has been suc­cess­fully selected to play for the U19 Na­tional Po­ten­tial Group.

“We are thrilled that she beat girls who were up to two years older than her­self, and those who had ex­pe­ri­enced play­ing at na­tional level.”

At 16 years of age, Imo­gen has come a long way from play­ing high five net­ball at pri­mary school.

“Play­ing sports like ath­let­ics, foot­ball and, most of all, net­ball has al­ways been my thing and I’ve en­joyed play­ing for Brooks­bank ever since Year 7.

“Team sports par­tic­u­larly ap­peal be­cause play is shared and not sin­gu­lar ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Imo­gen.

Imo­gen and Brooks­bank sixth for­mer, Alice Smith, have both had ex­tremely suc­cess­ful sea­sons out­side school in the U19 York­shire Jets squad.

Both are now key play­ers in the team. Alice Smith says, “It’s my sec­ond year with the Jets and I am re­ally proud to be team vice-cap­tain”. It is Imo­gen’s first year but she has ob­vi­ously caught the eye of the Eng­land coaches!

“The level of com­mit­ment is high with play­ing and train­ing up to 15 hours a week, but it’s cer­tainly worth it,” said Imo­gen, who wants to study sports sci­ences at univer­sity.

Look­ing for­ward to the fes­ti­val and Dis­ney­land Paris, Imo­gen said, “It’s go­ing to be a great way of cel­e­brat­ing our years of net­balling at Brooks­bank. Most of all, I can’t wait to meet Mickey Mouse!”

TEAM SPIRIT Brooks­bank Net­ball Fes­ti­val Trip 2014

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