An appeal has been launched for unwanted or unused netball equipment which can be donated to children in the Caribbean.
The appeal has been launched by Natalie Miller, aged 25, a netball coach who went to school in Uckfield, first at St Philip’s Primary and then at Uckfield Community Technology College.
Equipment needed includes:
- Netball trainers
- Any medical supplies (tape/icepacks)
- Any other relevant netball equipment
Natalie’s love for netball began when she was in Year 3 at St Philip’s and by the age of 13 she was playing at county level.
She went on to follow the England ‘pathway’ but a knee injury led to a new interest in coaching. She trained to be a teacher and is now a full-time netball coach at Hurstpierpoint School.
It was while taking a team to Barbados to play competitively that she was shocked by the facilities available to that country’s netball players and determined to do something about it.
Natalie said: “Some players warmed up for the fixtures with old, flat, torn footballs. Not one had the correct netball footwear.
“Some fixtures were played on dangerous courts. Some had holes in the ground, some courts didn’t even resemble the netball posts we have in the UK.
“Some courts were just completely unplayable when it rained, being the rainy season, and games had to stop immediately.
“Yet it didn’t stop the girls and their ability to play incredible netball. The talent and potential they had despite their footwear and available equipment was breath-taking.”
Natalie said it was difficult to imagine not having a netball court in every primary school with at least some available equipment. But in Barbados they do not have that.
She added: “They make the most of what they do have and they are creating some fantastic netballers.
“Please donate anything you can; anything to help the youth of the Caribbean and allow them to play netball the same way we luckily can in the UK.”
Natalie said there would be a collection point at SNC netball training on Wednesday nights in Brighton and at the SNC pre-season tournament on September 6 at Falmer, Brighton.
If these collection points are not convenient for you please call Natalie on 07712 165568 to who will arrange for donations to be collected.
See also the Kit out the Caribbean Facebook page to keep up with progress on the campaign.