AAS (Ashtead All Stars) Netball Club finds a new home at Downsend School
In 2014, Ashtead All Stars were looking for a more permanent home, as they had outgrown their previous venue in the local recreation ground. The Chairperson of the club was adamant that it needed to remain within the local community of Ashtead. Having met her and witnessed her passion for providing netball opportunities, not only for her own girls but for all the girls within the local area, Downsend were pleased to be able to partner with Ashtead All Stars. Ashtead All Stars now have a permanent base at Downsend and their new home provides four outside courts, one indoor court, a storage facility and new flood lights for winter training.
The link between the school and this community club is strong, with many of its pupils enjoying the convenience and comfort of training within familiar surroundings, as well as the Downsend coaching staff assisting the club during the evenings. With the increased facilities the club has grown rapidly and, in 2015, introduced a new Mini’s section for younger girls, as well as an adults section for the girls who had reached the last junior age group.
Catering for nearly 200 members, this non-profit organisation is run by a dedicated team of coaches, passionate parents and other volunteers, whom Downsend are proud to be partners with.
AAS Chairperson Jane Arnett, said "From our perspective, community sports clubs are all about providing fun, friendship, exercise, opportunity, competition and, most of all, a sense of belonging. Downsend have embraced our values and have helped us provide these to the local community. AAS feel very fortunate that this partnership has arisen and that we have a home for our very special club."