Tuesday 16th January 2018, the day finally arrived…

Some very excitable prep school students from Moor Park, Beaudesert Park, The Elms, The Downs, Hatherop Castle, Prestfelde and Winterfold joined netballing legend, Pamela Cookey and the Mintridge team at Malvern College for a bronze programme full of netball, netball and more netball!

After a delicious Malvern lunch, Pamela kick started the afternoon with a presentation to the budding netballers in the room. Pamela spoke of her sporting journey alongside her education and business aspirations, the Ex England captain made it very clear the importance of each and how one supported the other. Pamela went on to discuss the injury battles that she has faced but stressed how she came back stronger each time. After a whistle-stop tour of her sporting journey, including a wonderful Sky Sports montage, Pamela opened the floor up for questions. Hands were immediately raised and some fantastic questions followed, including:

“What was the toughest decision that you ever had to make as England Captain?”

It was soon time for the netballers to take to the court where Pamela had a fun filled session plan in place. After a dynamic warm up, Pamela ran a shooting circuit across two courts.

“Step Into My Office…” Pamela always says as she steps into the circle. With 114 caps, largely as Goal Attack, Pamela loved sharing her hints and tips with the girls.

Focussing on various elements of shooting technique, feeding into the circle and defensive body positions, the girls made their way around the seven stations. During her presentation, Pamela stressed the importance that sport has had in her life for making friends and getting her out of her comfort zone, she therefore requested to “Jazz It Up” and partner with new friends from other schools which the students loved. Pamela was impressed with the level of skill and commitment from the girls and couldn’t believe where the time went as it was soon time for the girls to play a small tournament while the Mintridge Ambassador worked with the U18 and U16 Malvern Netballers.

The senior squads also demonstrated their hunger for learning as the final session focussed on feeding into the circle. Pamela covered areas for the centre court, defence and attacking players to look at including the height of the pass in, as well as the body position of the defenders to help each position on court. The girls were soon reaping the rewards with some fantastic match scenarios.

Photos, autographs, obligatory twitter frames all followed for everyone including the Malvern students, prep school students and teachers as well! Lots of laughter filled the sports hall.

Thank you very much to Malvern College for your hospitality and such a wonderful afternoon full of plenty of smiles from budding stars. We are looking forward to working with you again soon.

If you would like to see the photos and video from the day, please speak to the Malvern staff.