Coaches at East Molesey on Mondays, Twickenham on Thursdays and Rainbows Nurseries, Richmond on Fridays
I am the founder of Catch-a-balls. With two girls, now teenagers, who were very keen on physical activities I became aware that there were many football and rugby classes available for toddlers. However, my girls didn’t want to play “boys” games. So I trained to be a netball coach. From doing this and working with children in primary school I realised that girls did enjoy running around and being part of a team, they just want to do it on their terms and not be shoe horned into “boys” sports. So I looked into child development and devised Catch-a-balls suitable for boys and girls.
I firmly believe that life is about achieving a balance. Whether that is work and play or art and science. Everyone needs something that gives them a release, something that is fun and makes them feel good, and for many of us sport is just the thing.
Not everyone wants to play a ball sport, so Catch-a-balls also helps with balance and movement. We look at combining skills, through this means children will be able to take on a sport of their choice when they are older. It’s all about us adults giving them as many tools as possible to give them choices.
I love teaching Catch-a-balls as I just enjoy hearing what the children have to say for themselves and see them succeed, a catch or a throw is a great success for kids so it lovely to be with them when they do it.
The netball coach comes through; as many Mums have spotted that chest pass and bounce pass being practised in class will set many a player on the netball path.