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Former England netball captain visits Manor School

Former England netball captain and Commonwealth Games medallist Pamela Cookey visited the school on Wednesday 13 November.

The day began with a series of netball coaching sessions with selected students from across Years 7 to 11. Pamela gave expert tips and advice on a number of aspects of the game such as powerful passing, accurate shooting and effective dodging. This was followed in the afternoon by a presentation to all Year 8 students about her double-life career in netball and engineering, as well as how to cope with pressure. To conclude the day’s activities, Pamela spoke to Year 8 student Neve and Year 12 student Lucy who have been selected to be mentored by the sports star for the next six months.

The event was part of a special mentoring programme from the Mintridge Foundation, a charity that provides a support network for young people by harnessing the power of positive sporting role models. The programme was kindly donated to the school by Bowbridge Homes, a local property developer that is currently building in the area.

Toni Hustwait, Curriculum Lead for PE, commented “It’s always fantastic when we can give our students the opportunity to meet real-life sporting stars, but Pamela was particularly engaging and provided a positive role model for our girls. It was such an enjoyable day for both the students and staff who all ensured they got memorabilia signed and pictures taken for this once in a lifetime experience. I am especially happy for Lucy and Neve for being selected for mentoring and am sure they will grab this with both hands.”