Netball Stars Raise Hundreds for Three Northants Charities

Hundreds of pounds was netted for three community charities following the sporting success of a tournament staged in Northampton.

The Chosen Charity committee with Northamptonshire Young Carers Service banner at the event
The Chosen Charity committee with Northamptonshire Young Carers Service banner at the event

Northamptonshire netball teams took to the court for good causes at the annual tournament sponsored and supported by Blisworth based business Ensafe Consultants.

A grand total of £1,100 was raised, topping last year’s total by more than £400, thanks to the efforts of dozens of players who participated in the fundraiser in aid of Northamptonshire Young Carers Service, Northants and Beds MS Therapy Centre and the Malcolm Arnold Academy Inspiration Fund.

The tournament was organised by The Chosen Charity committee, led by tournament competitor and Ensafe Consultants Quality and Compliance Director, Mandy Wright.

Mandy said: “The third annual Chosen Charity Netball Tournament was a great success, with over 200 people attending the event to take part, volunteer and to generally join in with all the fun. Despite the blistering temperatures all of the competing teams put in maximum effort into each of the matches, displaying a range of talent, skill and a great love of the game that brings this event to life.”

Managing Director at Ensafe Consultants, Greg Kirkman, added: “Ensafe were proud to again sponsor this fantastic fundraiser. We are thrilled so much money was raised for these worthy charitable causes and the event has again proved to be such a sporting success. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

The finale to the day saw the Rushdenets Devil’s team going head to head with the Barracudas. The Devils eventually saw off the challenge and came out as triumphant tournament winners.

Odette Green, captain of the Rushdenets Devils , praised the event saying: “I have taken part in this event every year and it just keeps getting better and better. The girls put in so much effort to make sure the day runs so smoothly, but keep it very light hearted and fun throughout. We will definitely be back next year to defend our title!”

Charity tournament winners The Rushdenets Devils.
Charity tournament winners The Rushdenets Devils.

Gemma Luck, captain of the Barracudas, added: “This was our first time at the tournament but it’s one of the best we have ever taken part in. it’s so well organised and we wish the girls every luck in the future. We will definitely be back next year.”

Mandy also added: “None of this would be possible without the hard work of the charity committee members, so I would like to personally thank my partner Sam Wright and my netball girls Jude Billingham, Ronni Moss, Kirsty Warren, Emma Odell, Vicky Jones, Jo Icke, Jo Scott and Sarah Bartlett .”