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Lynne Turner, Alys's

Lynne Turner, Alys's Mum, Treorchy Netball Club: Alys LOVES Rhondda Netball. She loves the Treorchy club, the girls and her coaches! There is little or no activities in Rhondda for our girls, so Rhondda Netball has been great for Alys! Janine Bevan, Elys-Brie's Mum, YG Cymer NC: Rhondda Netball is like one big family! Rhian Morris, Mali's Mum, Tonypandy NC: Mali talks, eats, sleeps and breathes Rhondda Netball! Leanne Ray, Ashleigh’s Mum, Treorchy NC: I can’t thank Rhondda Netball enough for all the hard work they have put in with our girls. There’s plenty of football and rugby clubs for the boys and now, I am so proud that my daughter is a part of Rhondda Netball! Stacey Evans, Emmie’s Mum, Treorchy Netball Club: Thank you for everything you do with the girls. You're all fantastic with them and are great role models. It's nice to see that the young girls in the Rhondda have someone and something to aspire too. Gerwyn Davies, Nia’s Dad, Tonypandy NC: Nia tends to be left out of a lot of things, but taking part in Rhondda Netball has really boosted her confidence! Beth Berry, Alyssa's Mum, Treorchy NC: Alyssa speaks non-stop about netball and all her coaches. You inspire her, and it's wonderful to see!! Laura Morgans, Amelia’s Mum, Treorchy NC: Amelia has never played netball until she started playing for Treorchy Under 11s! Her skills have improved massively, not only physically but also, socially. She is a quiet girl and it has been lovely seeing her confiwomen taking part in our weekly out-of-school provision. It's incredible really, because 12 months earlier, Rhondda Netball was just an idea... a vision in the hearts of a few! When I asked Jody about how she felt about all the progress she was as understandably emotional when reflecting on what she and our amazing Head Coaches had achieved in such a short space of time. “It’s hard to sum up how I feel,” she said through glazed eyes. “A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you can’t do, not to prove them wrong, but to prove that if you put your heart and soul into something, that something will become your passion and then it’ll eventually become your reality. I’m grateful for all the support I and we have had, because to a certain extent I’m now living the reality of my passion. And I can’t wait to see what the future has in store!” As we look out on the remainder of 2017/18 we can’t help turn our attention to bigger things. There’s no time to waste standing still and while we’ve seen plenty of success, there are still so many developments we have to make and plenty of components in the Rhondda Netball operation that need significant improvements. Attention is turning to our performance pathway and we’re already hard at work shifting position in readiness for a better day where Rhondda catches up with the rest of Wales. At present there is not one single girl from Rhondda involved in any of the Welsh international age group squads – something that’s going to change over the next few years as we inspire our younger generation of girls to start dreaming big! There are currently no avenues where genuine financial sustainability is available for a sports initiative revolutionising female participation in sport on a huge scale – another thing that will change as we continue to break down the barriers of inequality! Without going into specifics, I can confidently say that as good as our beginning has been, it will pale in comparison to the future. But if Rhondda & RCT wants to shine as a beacon for female equality in sport and lead the way, they will need to be equally as hungry for change as all of us at Rhondda Netball are. The UK has spoken, the media has spoken, and now Rhondda & RCT’s girls, women and parents (see feedback, right) have spoken too. It’s time to join the cause! Parental Kayleigh Carey, Mia’s Mum, Tonypandy NC: Mia absolutely lives and breathes Rhondda Netball!! She's shown so much commitment and has definitely learnt how to be part of a team. Her confidence has grown so much and she shows great sportsmanship. It’s been great to see her meeting many new friends from all over the Rhondda. Gemma Wilson, Tia’s Mum, Tonypandy NC: Tia loves Rhondda Netball... it is like one huge family and she (me too!) love being a part of it! Pippa Baker, Hannah's Mum, YG Cymer NC: Hannah has gained so much confidence throughout her first year in Rhondda Netball, and her attitude is much more positive all round!" Ceri Davies, Mollie's Mum, Ferndale NC: "Me and my husband love taking Mollie to her games and it has definitely drawn us all closer together. As a family we are all so proud!" Julie Snooks, Lowri's Mum, YG Cymer NC: "Rhondda Netball keeps Lowri and her friends off the streets and doing something they love instead!"


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