England head coach Tracey Neville gives netball masterclass in Oswestry

By Aimee Jones | Oswestry | School events | Published:

Young Shropshire netballers learned from the very best when England Netball head coach Tracey Neville dropped into Oswestry School to take a masterclass.

Tracey Neville coaching Oswestry School's first team

Tracey was invited to teach the girls in the newly constructed Momentum Hall, which officially opened last month.

Netballers from Oswestry School, Lakelands Academy, Whittington Primary, The Priory School, The Meadows, The Corbet, Packwood Haugh, Shrewsbury High School, the Marches and Trefonen spent an hour with Tracey, learning key skills and then transferring them to fast-paced games.

Sofie Suckley, head of academic PE at Oswestry School, said: “It was lovely for the school to have such an amazing role model visit the school. Both pupils, visiting pupils and staff really enjoyed the session and we were delighted to host such an inspiration as Tracey Neville.”

After the training session Tracey, who was awarded an MBE for services to sport in 2016, held an informal question and answer session and signed autographs.

Tracey Neville with Oswestry School netballers

Tracey started playing netball at county level when she was 14 and first represented her country in 1993 when she competed for England in the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games.

A serious knee injury forced her to retire from the game in 2008, but since then she has been dedicated to raising the profile of netball throughout the country.

In 2015 she was appointed coach of the England netball team.

Aimee Jones

By Aimee Jones

Senior reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Shrewsbury office, covering Shrewsbury, North Shropshire and South Shropshire.


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