Netball players say thanks for shelters

The shelters provided by the 2016 Aviva Community Fund. (s)
The shelters provided by the 2016 Aviva Community Fund. (s)
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Thanks have been expressed by a local netball club’s players and their parents after residents’ votes secured funds from the 2016 Aviva Community Fund to buy two new shelters.

And these could not have been erected sooner, with Ribble Valley Netball Club players sheltering in them on Saturday at the start of the outdoor tournament season. This saw players travel to the newly laid courts at Stanley Park for Blackpool Netball Club’s tournament.

The club’s two new shelters were bought using some of the funds secured from the 2016 Aviva Community Fund and, as the day progressed, they turned out to be provide much needed shelter from the elements as the skies darkened.

The club is building up to hosting its own tournament, which has been brought back into the Ribble Valley after a few years away, and will be held in Longridge over the weekend of May 13th and 14th. There is still the chance for local businesses or individuals to help support one of the biggest netball tournaments in the North West where around 1,000 girls, their clubs and families will be visiting the area to compete across the weekend the event via sponsorship or donations. Any business people or individuals that are interested in helping should contact the club secretary via

Ribble Valley Netball Club is a gold caps netball club which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015. A not-for-profit organisation the club currently provides netball training, match play and the club offer a couple of free taster sessions to anyone who wants to try netball out. Just drop an email to to book.