Brize Junior Netball Club Partnership
Brize Junior Netball club is open to girls from the age of eleven upwards and is a grass roots level club that aims to encourage girls to play netball at a competitive level and to develop to a high senior standard. Cokethorpe School works closely with the club with both the Director of Sport and Head of Netball coaching the juniors and also encouraging girls from the school to join the team.
Local, entry level clubs for young players are essential in developing any sport and netball is no exception. By providing quality coaching at a young age, players are more likely to continue with the sport. The club benefits players from a good cross section of the local community with players from Cokethorpe School, Burford School, Henry Box and Wood Green all members of the club.
The aim is to develop players to a sufficient level that they can feed top level clubs, including Team Matrix which Cokethorpe also supports.
The Director of Sport at Cokethorpe School, Kirsty Floyd, identified the opportunity to support a local club that was already established but would benefit from a close relationship with a local school in terms of feeding players in to the club and offering coaching support to develop a Junior Section.
Cokethorpe School provides coaching support and helps to promote the club to girls in the school.
Having a club that is open to all abilities and is focused on developing players to the best of their potential is a very valuable, grass roots opportunity. Girls from across the local area benefit from being a member of a well-structured club with high quality coaching. It accelerates player development and match experience and makes them more likely to gain selection to top level clubs.
Girls from the age of eleven can join the club and come from the local area and attend a variety of schools including Cokethorpe School, Burford School, Henry Box, Wood Green and Carterton Community College.
Training (and coaching) is held once a week during term time. The club continues to grow and the expectation is that it will run for the foreseeable future.