PARENTS who have young children and want to give them an alternative to football, rugby and cricket can sign them up to a new netball club which has been launched in Bromsgrove.
Sophie Baxter, the head coach of Rising Stars Netball, set it up because she said, currently in the Midlands, those wanting to get their children into netball out of school would have to wait until they were eight or nine.
Sophie has represented Wales in netball and played in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne 2006, the World Championship in Auckland 2007 and the World Championships in Singapore 2011.
In 2011, she retired from international netball and took up coaching – she became the Welsh national coach from 2012 to 2014, taking her team to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
She has also been coaching at Ryland Netball Club which she herself joined when she was nine.
She said: “I wouldn’t have achieved what I have if people hadn’t invested time and effort me, especially as a youngster.
“It’s due to this that I want to give back to the sport I love.”
The Rising Stars Netball sessions take place on Saturday mornings at Finstall First School.
Anyone wanting more information can visit the www.risingstarsnetball.co.uk website.