England cricket ace Freddie bowls the maidens over at sporting event

Ribble Valley Netball club's under 15s winning team with Head Coac Jane Moodie , Club Development Officer Sara Thompson and Assistant Coach Sarah Myers.(s)

Ribble Valley Netball club's under 15s winning team with Head Coac Jane Moodie , Club Development Officer Sara Thompson and Assistant Coach Sarah Myers.(s)

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England cricketer Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff bowled teams and spectators over when he made an appearance at the Ribble Valley Netball Club’s open tournament.

The popular player was on “dad duty” watching his daughter, Holly, play in the under 11s team at the competition. But he was more than happy to pose for pictures with everyone, including Adele Whalley who is a volunteer with the netball club.

Freddie Flintoff with Adele Whalley, a volunteer at Riblble Valley Netball Club (s)

Freddie Flintoff with Adele Whalley, a volunteer at Riblble Valley Netball Club (s)

Girls aged eight to 16 travelled from across the North West to Nelson’s Pendle Vale High School for the tournament. Held over two days 100 teams competed in the prestigious competition and one of the highlight’s was the host’s under 15s team beating their arch rivals, Tameside, with a “golden goal” scored by Ella Boys.

It proved to be the icing on the cake for the club which this year celebrates its 21st birthday.

The event was also a chance to raise funds for the gold caps club which has over 175 playing members, a team of 20 volunteers and mamy parents who help the club to run on a day to day basis.

It offers training to different age groups ata host of venues including the Ribble Valley and Accrington. The club regularly see it’s members selected for County Academies at the under 14, under 16 and 19 levels. It has also had players scouted by Yorkshire Jets , Manchester Thunder and even selected to follow the England Netball Pathway.

Natalie Haythornthwaite, who is currently on the England Squad, began her training with Ribble when she was just eight and she was recently voted Sky Superleague player of the season.

The club is supported by a team of CRB checked, qualified coaches as well as a volunteer led committee. Whether your interest is just training and playing at a social level or you have the desire to play and train at a professional level, the club offers a variety of sessions to cater for everyone’s needs and abilities. If you are interested in playing netball, getting involved with the club as a volunteer or even helping with sponsorship of our future events please contact Judith via secretary@ribblevalleynetballclub.com.