This month we were excited to organise the Thunder Rally netball tournament in association with our exclusive partners, Manchester Thunder. We got to welcome young players from all over the country – special shout out to Thurso High School who drove for 12 hours from the Highlands of Scotland! To find out more about the highlights of the tournament we spoke with our experienced team experts who were on hand for the whole the event.
The event was initiated by Regional Sales Manager Lynda Merryweather, who came up with the idea to organise a netball tournament and got in touch with schools from regions all over the country. She arranged to have the first day at Sport For All Centre in Philips High School and the second to be held at the Armitage Centre in Manchester University Sports Complex. She then turned to the account manages to handle the itineraries of each school.
To ensure that everyone got to enjoy the weekend and get as much of it as possible each itinerary was personalised to the school. That way schools that were traveling from further away could arrive a day early and have a proper rest before the tournament, one school stayed an additional day after it to recover and see Manchester. Schools that had their own transport got to only book accommodation and those who didn’t had coaches arranged for them.
Day one began with a masterclass delivered by Manchester Thunder coaches which was followed by all day friendly fixtures. The schedule was strict and teams had 10 minutes to play each other with a minute to rest in between games. The first day finished with dinner and an early night in the Hallmark Inn Hotel in Manchester.
By the time the second day started each team had a good idea of who they were going to play against. The Manchester Thunder coaches delivered two masterclasses in the morning – one for under 14s and another for under 13s.
The games on the second day were much tougher, every team was giving one hundred percent and some of the final games were nail-bitingly close. The second day came to an end with a presentation ceremony. Congratulations to St. Mary’s Menston School who brought home the winning trophies for both categories. All players that participated were awarded a medal and received gifts from Manchester Thunder. Most importantly though every player went home with wonderful memories and even better sporting skills.
“I knew we had done a good job when every single child came to thank us personally at the end of the second day. I was really impressed with how polite they were and beyond excited to have contributed to a weekend that made them so happy!” – said Shaun who was part of the team organising the event and was present for the whole weekend.
To find more about how we engage with netball, head to our blog where we talk to the Party Leader of Francis Holland to find out what impressed them during their netball tour to Sri Lanka: https://www.inspiresport.com/an-unforgettable-sri-lanka-tour/
Or find out what other netball tours we can offer for your team: https://www.inspiresport.com/tours/netball-tours-in-uk-and-europe/