Thursday 26th February 2009 by C. Freeman
Year 8 student Olivia Mawby is so good at netball that she is undergoing extra tuition. As well as playing for the school and at club level, she is also on further coaching courses and hopes one day to play for England.
Olivia has been playing netball for three years and does hours of training each week. She plays at club level for Northants JM's U14s. She said: 'There's about 20 people in my group. We learn tactics and work as a team.'
Every other week she also trains with the Talent Development Programme where players can progress through the Northants and regional netball academies to join the Loughborough Lightnings, which is a route towards selection for the England squad. She and others are being coached by Lightnings players over the next few weeks.
She said: 'The coaching at Corby Business Academy is done by Loughborough Lightning players who give up their time to coach us and give us extra training. Teachers from local schools have sent students to CBA to get extra skills.'
Olivia, who plays Goal Defence, also finds time for other sports, playing basketball and football as well, but it is netball which is her favourite: 'I just like playing it, it's good because you always have to think about what you are doing and I've made good friends through the sport. It's quite tactical. Obviously to be good at netball you need to be a good team player and good mentally as well. My ultimate aim is to be in the England team one day.'