Royal Navy netball squad visits Masi

The Royal Navy Netball team from the UK met and coached Masiphumelele’s Ukhanyo Primary School’s under-9, under-10 and under-11 netball teams during a recent visit to these shores, which also saw them take on and beat the SA National Defence Force in a three-match series. The coaching session came about after MasiSports, a sports development organisation started by former national cricketer Vince van der Bijl, received a call to host them a few days before the end of the second term. They split the Ukhanyo players into shooters, attackers and defenders during the training session that could’ve gone on for hours, but the Royal Navy team had a match to be played at Reddam school.

Members of the Royal Navy’s netball squad and Ukhanyo Primary School’s players gather for a group picture following a training session.
Ukhanyo Primary School’s netball teams are put through their paces during a training session hosted by the members of the Royal Navy’s netball squad.