The 2019/2020 season has started in traditionally energetic fashion this week at REACT Sports with up to 100 young people engaging in community sport across our basketball and netball programmes. One of the REACT programmes that has been quietly working away in the background for several months, growing naturally and getting more girls active, is our REACT Netball programme!
In early 2017 the then Management Team of REACT Basketball, now known as REACT Sports, made a commitment to developing even more children and young people through sport. This jump started a year long process of establishing a new programme within in the Charity, this being REACT Netball. Fast forward two years and the programme is doing some great work within the local community, with thanks to funding from sportscotland Awards for All that has allowed the Charity to employ a Modern Apprentice, Katie Simpson!
We recently caught up with Katie to get her views on the programme and what's next for REACT Netball:
Can you describe what the REACT Netball programme is all about?
"REACT Netball is a programme delivered by REACT Sports that works to get girls more physically active, using Netball as a medium in which to achieve this. We have a new session that takes place every Tuesday night between 7-9pm at Rashielea Primary School, Erskine. The session gives girls in Primary 4-7 the opportunity to come along and try a new sport and keep fit and active. The sessions are aimed at grass-root level therefore anyone is welcome, even if they have never played netball before."
Why should young people locally get involved in REACT Netball?
"Young people locally should come along to REACT Netball because we play lots of fun games and improve different skills at the same time. Netball is a team sport and therefore presents an ideal opportunity for children to meet new friends and learn how to work with other people. During a netball game, it is key that participants are able to attack, defend and score goals. Therefore, this teaches young people to work together to produce an end result, improving their social and verbal skills."
Where do you see the programme going in the next year?
"In the next year I hope to see the programme continuing to be successful and providing young girls with the opportunity to play netball and keep active. I would like to have more sessions up and running for participants who wish to play netball, particularly those in High School. I would also like to have different tournaments set up across the year with other local netball teams."
What would you say to anyone who is thinking of coming along for the first time?
"To anyone thinking about coming along for the first time I would say come and give it a go. REACT Netball is for everyone and anyone who enjoys keeping fit and meeting new people; it gives young people a safe space to play netball. Netball is a fun and exciting sport and is very much a team game. Therefore, by coming along to REACT Netball the participants will gain team building skills which could result in an increase in confidence."
We also caught up with Josh Anderson, Chairman of REACT Sports, to get his views on the recent success of our Netball programme:
"REACT Sports is firmly committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for young people to participate and volunteer across our three sports of basketball, netball and dance. We have been absolutely delighted with the progress within our REACT Netball programme and the work that is being put in by our staff within the programme. It is our intent to continue building on the solid foundations for the year ahead... watch this space!"
To register your daughter for one of our REACT Netball sessions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org