Hartpury University has teamed up with England Netball as part of a national drive to increase participation in the sport, following the recent success of the 2019 Netball World Cup.
Hartpury, which has established strong links with Superleague clubs Severn Stars and Team Bath, has appointed a new University Netball Officer (UNO) within its highly successful Netball Academy, in partnership with England Netball.
Jade Green, a student volunteer, gained the UNO role due her commitment to playing netball and passion for encouraging more people to take up the sport.
Holly Duerden, Netball Academy Manager at Hartpury, said: “We’re proud to be one of the 48 universities across the country that facilitate the UNO programme.
“The main responsibility of the UNO is to facilitate the delivery of increased netball activity within the university and to raises awareness and profile of netball within the university.
“They are also there to help signpost individuals to additional netball opportunities within the local community.
“The programme also aims to enable the UNO to develop their own employable skills ready for their future career in whatever their chosen field.
“With our support, Jade will be holding sessions for participants from ages 16 to 21 years for anyone who is keen to play some netball.
“The success of the recent Netball World Cup in England brought the sport to a whole new audience – it’s a really exciting time to be involved in netball.”
As well as Severn Stars and Team Bath, Hartpury has successful associations with Premier League clubs Premier Romans and Hucclecote, as well as Netball South West and the Welsh Netball Association.
A number of Hartpury coaches and students have represented Severn Stars, including England Futures player and Hartpury University netball team head coach Paige Reed.
Students at Hartpury University have access to a range of world-class sports facilities on its 360-hectare campus, including its new £8.8 million Sports Academy featuring netball courts, a biomechanics laboratory, and a human performance laboratory.
Picture: Jade Green, the new University Netball Officer at Hartpury