SWAN Netball Club return to training as head coach Julia Kay is appointed to Saracens Mavericks coaching staff
SWAN Netball Club have had two reasons to celebrate after the players' return to training followed their head coach's new appointment at a Vitality Super League side.
The club, who have more than 200 registered players from under-eights upwards, have resumed full training at both the Herts & Essex Sports Centre in Bishop's Stortford and Lord Butler Leisure Centre in Saffron Walden.
The club and the venues have undertaken strict Covid-19 assessments and put measures in place including staggered start times, opt-in forms, test and trace, temperature checks and the use of hand sanitiser to get players back out on court.
Friendly match play has been possible as the players learn how to adapt to the modified rules that ensure direct contact is limited.
The coaching team has expanded to 27 coaches, assistant coaches and junior trainees to help run the sessions in a safe manner.
And head coach Julia Kay is certainly going to be kept busy after she was named as one of the coaches of Saracens Mavericks' pathway programme.
The pathway has National Performance League teams at under-21, under-19 and under-17 level with six academies across the region for players aged 15 to 19.
"I am very proud to be asked to join the prestigious Saracens Mavericks coaching lineup and look forward to bringing this experience to SWAN," said Kay.
"I am excited for the future of our club with our ever-growing squads for all levels and our talented team of coaches.
"We have proved that not even a pandemic will hold us back. We have kept our players engaged and healthy throughout these tough times, but it is great to be back playing netball again."
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