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Goal Attack: The Rise of Flava Netball

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Flava netball junior sessions run on Thursday evenings for girls aged 9 to 16+ at the Powerhouse. You can hear the bouncing balls, shouting and cheering of the players, and the hum of parents watching from the side-lines, chatting, as well as the occasional whistle from the court.

Flava Netball Club consists of four senior teams and a junior development squad for those aged 9 to 16+ years. The senior teams currently play in the Manchester Evening League in divisions 1, 3, 5 and 7, and the club is also represented in mixed netball competitions.

Fran Campbell Miller has been involved with Flava since its inception; originally called Moss Side Netball, the team met at the old Moss Side youth club where Fran started coaching in 1979. After the demolition of the old youth club, three different netball teams – Victoria, Elite and Moss Side Netball – came together to form Flava.

Fran has witnessed the transition from the old Moss Side youth club to the new Powerhouse building, and netball has been a huge part of that journey:

When the Powerhouse was built, they wanted to ensure the continuation of netball in the centre itself

The young people who played sport at the old youth club were also involved in the design of the new multi-purpose court, choosing colours and themes, and which is now ‘a fantastic facility’.

On Thursday evenings at the Flava junior sessions, the sports hall is bustling with activity for the whole hour, with twenty-six or so young people charging around the court; bouncing, throwing, passing and shooting, and generally appearing to have a great time.

Fran notes that the club is working with young people on the development squad to ‘get them to start playing netball, and eventually take over from the older members’. When asked what about the appeal of netball, she muses ‘netball is quite big at the moment’, and points to the junior development sessions which have had a great response from young people in the area, who ‘came forward and wanted to get involved’. Any prospective members, she adds, should simply ‘come down’ on a Thursday and see what the club is all about.

For more information about Flava netball club you can visit their website here.