Surrey Storm netball coaching day at Rydon

Rydon Community College students were paid a visit by Mikki Austin, a Surrey Storm SuperLeague Netball player, who coached a large group of girls for the day.

Wednesday, 15th July 2015, 2:02 pm
Rydon Surrey Storm coaching SUS-150807-140145001

The day on Friday, June 26, was aimed to encourage and motivate girls to take part in Netball.

Selected pupils from Year 6 were chosen to develop their basic netball skills to enable them to compete and to develop their skills further in the next academic year. The girls embraced the day and learnt a lot of new concepts and skills. Kate Armstrong, year 6 said “It was absolutely fantastic to meet and be taught by a famous netballer. I found out a lot of new skills. Overall it was great.”

The year 7 and 8 Netball teams were chosen to take part in a Gifted and Talented session with Mikki to take their skills and tactics to the next level. Mikki, worked on their movement, team work and their understanding of how one player can affect the whole game in a positive manner. Ally Holway, year 8 said “It was an amazing day to remember, I learnt a lot of new skills I didn’t know before. Fantastic!! Thank you Mikki.”

Mikki’s message was very clear, Netball players do not stop moving; there is also a clear difference between someone who has good Netball skills and someone who also has a Netball brain. Everything Mikki explained and got the pupils to do, made sense and was explained in the concept of the game to help develop their Netball brain. The pupils were fully engaged and receptive to the knowledge Mikki Austin had to offer. Georgia Lund, year 7 said “I would like to thank Mikki for a fantastic day that I really enjoyed”.

Miss Guirey would just like to say thank you to the parents who supported the day, the pupils who took part and gave it 100% effort and demonstrated how lovely Rydon pupils are and a big thank you to Mikki Austin who came and spent the day with us and taught us all lots.

Report and picture contributed by Rydon Community College.