What a summer we’ve had at our Elite Netball Academy camps!
It seems a lifetime ago since our Fun Camps for 5-12-year-olds kicked-off our summer camp season back in early July. Back then, with the UK fresh out of lockdown and still very much in the grips of Covid-19, we had no idea how popular our camps would prove this summer. Yet the fact young people had been kept in isolation between March and May, and most types of sporting provision not being permitted until June, saw that everyone was itching to be back running around with their friends again – albeit from a distance!
Initially, it was unclear where we would hold our camps with many of our regular facility providers closed to third parties such as ENA. The Goals facility in Leeds welcomed us in with open arms and virtual hugs, quickly proving a winner in its offering both athletes and coaches a safe, open-air space in which to train and having the ability to scale up or down based on our attendance levels. We were equally as happy our long-standing partner, Woodhouse Grove School, was able to facilitate our 4-day Boot Camp – which was, once again, a sell-out event.
Our Fun Camp ran for 8 weeks in total, while our Performance Camp, for players aged 13 to 16 years, was planned initially for a 2-week period and later, thanks to increased demand and reduced Covid restrictions, extended to 4 weeks. For the most, our camps were at capacity in terms of the permitted numbers, which ran in sync with England Netball’s suggested coach to player ratios. Whatever the age group, from our 5-year-old beginners to our most experienced performance netballers, it was clear our young folk were extremely happy to be back on a court or pitch, training, playing games, and socialising with familiar-minded friends and coaches. To top it off, just before our final two weeks came the good news from England Netball that we could engage in an adapted version of matchplay – which was much to the delight of everyone attending, and a fabulous way to finish an incredibly successful summer season.
Next up is October half-term Fun Camp and Performance Camps, both at Goals in Leeds between October 26-30. To reserve your child’s place today, visit our website Bookings page.