Netballers are bouncing after Tonbridge Lions transform court

NET GAINS: (L-R) Lions President Tom Simmons, John Chapman and Dixon Hawkins with Coach Lee Athwal and the players

Netballers are bouncing after Tonbridge Lions transform court

by Andy Tong | 29th November 2018

A NEW netball club in Tonbridge has attracted almost 50 women to come along and play, and the town’s Lions Club has been helping to provide them with equipment.

The Fun Netball club was set up to provide local ladies with the opportunity to play non-competitive netball for fun and fitness.

They run short six-week beginner level courses on a court at Carroty Wood, providing weekly sessions consisting of 20 minutes’ coaching followed by a 40-minute game. One recent evening session saw 19 players taking part.

The players attend on a pay-as-you-go basis, which has allowed them to raise funds to buy netballs and a set of bibs.

However, they were playing on a basketball court, which has larger nets and backboards, and the club wanted to obtain proper netball posts and nets, which the Lions have donated to them.

John Ruck of the Tonbridge Lions said: “Being impressed with the objective of the club, which seemed to fill a gap in the sports offerings available in the area, Tonbridge Lions were able to provide them with two portable netball posts and nets plus a second set of bibs.”

The President of Tonbridge Lions, Tom Simmons, and his Lions colleagues John Chapman and Dixon Hawkins attended a formal handover at Carroty Wood.

Lee Athwal, the club Coach, said: “We are extremely grateful to Tonbridge Lions for their generous donation, which has allowed us to get our club up and running very quickly.”

Mr Hawkins added: “We are pleased to able to support an enterprising group of ladies in their endeavours to provide an enjoyable and sociable route to maintaining an active lifestyle.”

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