On Thursday 8th August 2019 Serena Guthrie visited the Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre (SBA) to help further girls’ netball techniques. There was the morning session for Under 11 and Under 12s, and an afternoon session for Under 13 and Under 14s.
Serena captained for the ‘England Roses’ in this year’s Netball World Cup held in Liverpool, and also has two Commonwealth Games under her belt. She helped win gold for England on the Gold Coast in 2018, and narrowly missed out on a medal in Glasgow, 2014. In total she has over ten years’ experience playing at elite level, and is best known for her defending and interception skills.
Serena shared her wisdom with all of the girls and advised: “Put yourself in a fun environment because you have to enjoy it. Just keep playing and keep improving. Don’t worry about setbacks. Just because you don’t make the team one year doesn’t mean you won’t make it the next.”
Before getting stuck in to games immediately, the girls warmed up in small groups, with Serena giving tips on important Netball aspects like footwork.
The Pro Netballer roamed the courts whilst the girls were energetically playing, providing guidance and support throughout the session to help perfect techniques.
The girls were all worn out after they were putting their skills in to action on the court and needed a well-deserved break to rehydrate after their lively games.
The budding Netballers sat around for a Q&A session with Serena and one of her medals was passed around to have a good look at. In one of her answers she said “say yes to everything, never turn down an opportunity.”
Holly, a participant in the Under 13 and Under 14s session, said: “It was a really enjoyable day and I learnt a lot with Serena about techniques and how to go far in Netball.”