Hav­ing a ball with Wasps su­per­star play­ers

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS - By LEIGH MENCARINI Con­tent Di­rect Edi­tor

AROUND 800 pupils from across Coventry and War­wick­shire joined Wasps Net­ball su­per­star play­ers for the team’s largest ever com­mu­nity day.

Pri­mary and se­condary school young­sters de­scended upon the Ri­coh Arena for the chance to gain top class coach­ing from Wasps Net­ball’s first-team play­ers.

Visitors to the home of Wasps Net­ball were given the chance to get up close to some of the big­gest names at the club, in­clud­ing de­fender Sam May, who was joined by new sign­ings Chloe Es­sam and Tam­sin Moala to lead a range of ses­sions through­out the day.

The trio will be part of the Wasps squad look­ing to win a third con­sec­u­tive Vi­tal­ity Net­ball Su­per­league ti­tle when the sea­son gets un­der way in Jan­uary. For­mer Wasps director of net­ball Tam­sin Green­way was also in at­ten­dance, lead­ing a spe­cial warm-up rou­tine on the Wasps Net­ball Su­per­league court, where Wasps play their home matches.

The rolling pro­gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties also in­cluded strength and con­di­tion­ing train­ing, drills on an in­flat­able court, and a Q&A ses­sion with Tam­sin Moala.

The visit also in­cluded a be­hind-the-scenes tour of the Ri­coh Arena, giv­ing young­sters an in­sight into the play­ers’ prepa­ra­tion be­fore high­pro­file games.

Stu­dents then had the chance to have their photo taken with the Vi­tal­ity Su­per­league tro­phy, which Wasps re­tained in July after beat­ing Lough­bor­ough Light­ning in the grand fi­nal for the sec­ond year run­ning.

Fran­chise man­ager at Wasps Net­ball, Sarah Tay­lor, was on hand to lead the event.

She said: “Pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for the lo­cal com­mu­nity to visit us at the Ri­coh Arena is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant to us at Wasps.

Getting ac­tive”We’ve had a mix­ture of our su­per­league play­ers, coaches from across our age-group pro­gramme, staff from Eng­land Net­ball, and mem­bers of the Wasps com­mu­nity team here to sup­port the chil­dren.

“It is fan­tas­tic to see so many young­sters getting ac­tive and in­volved in our sport, while giv­ing them a flavour of what a fan­tas­tic venue and fa­cil­i­ties we have here at the Ri­coh Arena .

“Com­mu­nity en­gage­ment is a huge part of Wasps Net­ball. We’re re­ally com­mit­ted to play­ing our part in de­liv­er­ing net­ball op­por­tu­ni­ties in our lo­cal area. We aim to share our pas­sion for the sport and in­spire as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to get in­volved.”

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