SPA Netballers attend British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championships
In recognition of all their hard work, commitment and dedication to the continuous development of netball at St Paul’s Academy, a group of netball players from Years 9 to 11 were given the opportunity to attend the British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championships. The first of its kind in the UK, this tournament was staged at The O2, North Greenwich on Saturday 23rd September and was also broadcast live on Sky Sports.
Showcasing the best of British female sporting talent at one of the country’s most iconic venues, the British Fast5 All-Stars Championship brought the world’s most exciting format of netball to centre-stage as the top eight teams in the UK Superleague took part in a thrilling fast-paced format of netball.
Offering a record-breaking prize fund of £100,000, the British Fast5 All-Stars Championship features just five players-a-side, shortened match times, multiple point shots, unlimited roll on-roll-off substitutions and an exciting double point power play; setting the stage for guaranteed entertainment.
England Netball CEO, Joanna Adams said: “This is an incredibly exciting event to add to the netball calendar as our fans can watch their favourite stars competing at an iconic venue in one of the most entertaining formats of the game.”
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Perched in our front row seats, our SPA netball girls enjoyed over 5 hours of non-stop netball action throughout the evening. The girls were able to experience the high intensity and fierce competitiveness of elite level netball up close. Our players were in awe of the sheer physicality and high levels of fitness on display from each superleague player. Such an experience has further inspired our SPA netball girls to train even harder and continue to work on their netball skills in the hope that one day they too could play in the netball superleague.
Following many hours of high intensity match play, it was England Roses’ Nat Panagarry who captained Loughborough Lightning to the first ever Just Eat British Fast5 All-Stars Championship title as they beat Team Bath 35-33 in a gripping final which went down to the wire at The O2.
It was a fitting finale to a non-stop evening of thrilling netball. To top off a wonderful trip our girls also had the opportunity to personally meet many of the superleague and international netball players; an experience they will truly never forget.