Corby girls break netball record in London

Members of Corby Netball Club took part in the England Netball 90th anniversary celebrations NNL-160226-153649001

Members of Corby Netball Club took part in the England Netball 90th anniversary celebrations NNL-160226-153649001

Members of a netball club from Corby took part in a record-breaking game as part of the sport’s 90th anniversary celebrations.

Corby Netball Club represented Northamptonshire at the event to mark England Netball’s 90th birthday in Whitechapel, London.

Members of Corby Netball Club took part in the England Netball 90th anniversary celebrations NNL-160226-153539001

Members of Corby Netball Club took part in the England Netball 90th anniversary celebrations NNL-160226-153539001

Thirty-two members made the journey to the capital and two teams took part in the succesful attempt to beat the world Guinness World Record for the Largest Netball Exhibition Match.

The previous record stood at 72 hours and five minutes, but the aim of last weekend’s event was to get to 90 hours.

Corby Netball Club coach Hazel McConnell went along to the event with 32 team members. The club entered under-14s and under-16s teams in the event.

Hazel, who still plays in Corby Netball League aged 66, said: “It was a fantastic day. There were all kinds of netball games going on including walking netball and 50-50 netball.

Members of Corby Netball Club took part in the England Netball 90th anniversary celebrations

Members of Corby Netball Club took part in the England Netball 90th anniversary celebrations

“I got to referee a game which was great.

“Our under-14s won their game. It was such a great experience.

“Netball has a really strong history in Corby so we were pleased to be able to go along and take part.”

Corby Netball Club is seven years old and was set up by Hazel and her friend Rosemary Saunders to encourage school children to take part in club netball and to improve participation in the sport.

All proceeds from the day went to Sport Relief.

England Netball CEO Joanna Adams said: “This has been a fantastic way for our national governing body to celebrate turning 90.

“Once again our netball family has proven how inspiring, generous and dedicated they are.

“We are thrilled to be a supporting partner of Sport Relief and are delighted that netball has played its part to make a difference to people living incredibly tough lives, both here at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities.

“Netball has grown so much since we started the journey in 1926 and we are tremendously excited about what the future holds with so many fabulous projects and plans on the horizon.”