Pupils from Holsworthy Community College were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go behind the scenes with the England netball team.
More than 30 pupils were invited to the England Netball base at Loughborough University Sports Park to watch part of the squad’s final preparations for the Quad Series with New Zealand and Australia.
As well as being treated to behind the scenes action, the girls were able to get on court at the end of the match to speak to England players, take selfies and get autographs.
Holsworthy teacher Michelle Goldsworthy said: “The whole day was such an amazing experience for our pupils. Going on the trip has helped inspire our pupils to train and play better.
“It has encouraged more pupils to come to our netball club and speaking with the England stars has raised their aspirations.”
The day was part of the TeamUp initiative, developed by the England Netball, England Hockey and the England and Wales Cricket Board to encourage more girls to experience the benefits of sport.
By offering young girls the chance to experience women’s sport up close and personal, the TeamUp initiative hopes to inspire a younger generation of girls to want to give team sports a try.
Michelle added: “We have always run girls’ clubs for all three TeamUp sports at Holsworthy Community College, but numbers taking part are higher than ever.”