DENTON is rapidly becoming netball central thanks its club’s 20 sides.
The town’s netball club is aiming to go one better in two competitions after near misses for the Lightning – made up of players in school year nine – and Starlites – year 10 pupils – in a summer league held in Stockport.
And even though the nights may have drawn in, the talent is still shining through, with its senior ladies side competing fiercely in the Manchester Evening League, division one.
And with sides in divisions four, five, six and seven, it is easy to see why they are able to field a side in the North West Championship League, division two.
Sessions at St Thomas More RC College, Town Lane, are often packed out and two senior sides are made up of ladies who have attended their ‘Back to Netball’ sessions.
And their 15 junior teams are made up of pupils right the way from year three to year 11.
Dawn Day, from Denton Netball Club, said: “Our teams in division six and seven are from our Back to Netball sessions with ladies who gave the B2N session a go. They are thoroughly enjoying it.
“The sessions are particularly for those who have not played netball since school and would like to have another go. It’s a fun session and gets ladies back into netball.
“We have a bee netball session for children new to the sport. It’s a fun session and all welcome. It is very popular and the children love it.
“We also encourage our older junior members to become involved in coaching the younger ones and we have some amazing junior coaches coming through.
“And we enter summer tournaments which are great times for our teams to get to know each other really well when they are spending the day together.”
Denton, which was formed in 1995, is also represented in the Greater Manchester Junior League Under-13 division two by the Denton Thunderstorm.
And at its recent annual presentation night, Ellie was named Club Player of the Year while Saskia picked up the High 5 Player of the Year trophy.
Like any volunteer-run organisation, Denton Netball Club is on the lookout for investment.
Dawn added: “We are always fundraising. Whether it be bag packs, sponsored shootouts or applying for small grants and we’re always looking for a sponsor for one of our teams
“Any financial assistance sponsor-wise, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated.”
Players of all abilities are welcome at training sessions at St Thomas More RC College and players are coaches by level two coaches and assisted by level One coaches and those aspiring to become coaches
Back to Netball sessions are on Thursdays from 8pm until 9pm and all the sides have a training schedule.
Wednesday – 6-7pm -Y7 – Snowflakes. Y9 – Blizzards training Wednesday – 7-8pm
Y9 – Whirlwinds and Lightning. Y11- Starlites Wednesday – 8-10pm
Ladies 1st/2nd Team training or Ladies Evening League matches Thursday – 7-8pm –
Y8/Y9 Thunderstorm, Hurricanes, Icicles, Cyclones training Thursday 9-10pm –
3rd/4th/5th team training or Evening League matches Friday – 5.45-6.30pm – bee netball session YR-Y6 Friday 6.30-7.30pm – Y3/ Y4/ Y5/ Y6 Twisters, Stars, Typhoons, Tornadoes, Galaxies, Raindrops training session.