Based in Lichfield, the Lichfield Spires Netball Club is the friendliest, biggest and best Netball club in the area.
In 2014 despite Netball growing nationwide there hadn’t been any netball in Lichfield for a long time so a Back to Netball initiative was introduced by the local sports development officer and England Netball. When the funding finished for that, we decided to start as a club as we’d managed to attract over 30 people of all ages and abilities to training sessions. We set up a meeting for everyone, voted in a committee (that are all still in place) and the rest is history. This was in 2014. The coach we’d been assigned for ‘Back to Netball’ agreed to stay on with us as our club coach and we went from there. One of our main priorities as a club was that we wanted to remain as inclusive and welcoming as possible – so that pretty much became our ethos and we’ve always prided ourselves on welcoming anybody of any age and ability regardless of previous netball experience.
After two years and a few friendly matches and tournaments, we realised we’d got some pretty good players and a really nice Kudos kit that wasn’t getting used enough so, we decided to enter a local league (Burton and District). We maintained the ‘anybody welcome’ attitude and this meant that we were still pleasing everybody: those who wanted to play competitively and those who just wanted to train and socialise on a Thursday evening. We were advised to enter their short summer league initially and see how we got on. The team who entered had a really successful campaign so we continued into their more competitive winter league.
The following season, we entered two teams into the summer league and we’ve continued from there.
We now have a new coach (Hen) who is also one of our original committee members – her enjoyment of netball which all started from the ‘Back to Netball’ sessions led her to complete her level 2 coaching qualification and help our club and players go from strength to strength.
Lichfield Spires is growing all the time and we’ve added some more Junior teams, Walking Netball and our own Back to Netball initiative is still running!
If you’d like to get involved then take a look at the links below.
BACK TO NETBALL
JOIN OUR TEAM
LICHFIELD SPIRES NETBALL CLUB
A NETBALL CLUB FOR EVERYONE
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