England netball star Lindsay Keable is set to provide inspiration to youngsters at the Shelley Netball Satellite Club at Ashlyns School tomorrow.
Hertfordshire Mavericks ace Keable was first selected for England at U19 level, aged just 17, and from then she went on to play for England U21s and represented her country at the World Youth Championships in 2009.
In 2010 she was selected for the national senior squad, and since then has competed in a number of test series.
Keable will also be visiting Ashlyns next Thursday (December 10) from 6pm to 7pm thanks to the Sport in Herts Sports Partnership, who provide satellite club funding in the area on behalf of Sport England.
The England star is supporting Shelley Netball Club in her capacity as a Sport England Sporting Champion and said: “I’m really looking forward to visiting this exciting netball satellite club in Herts.
“I cannot wait to help them get into sport and share my experience of proudly representing England. Satellite clubs are a fantastic way of getting young people into sport and that is something I am really passionate about.
“I believe that as a Sport England Sporting Champion, I can inspire everyone in attendance to raise their aspirations of what they can achieve and motivate them to be the very best versions of themselves that they can be.”
Satellite clubs are outposts of existing community sports clubs based on school or college sites to ensure that more young people have the opportunity to continue to take part in sport as they transition from school to community sport.
They look to help grow the number of 14 to 25-year-olds taking part in sport for at least 30 minutes every week, as well as to reduce the number of young people dropping out of sport.
The development of satellite clubs is overseen by Sport England, who are working in partnership with National Governing Bodies and County Sport Partnerships by investing more than £49m of Lottery funding in them between 2012 and 2017.
Jayne Molyneux, the Strategic Lead for Youth at Sport England, said: “It is great to see sport development partnerships working with Ashlyns School to create a brand new satellite club where young people can come and try out netball.”
“Our satellite clubs initiative is all about creating new and appealing opportunities to help young people make the step into community sport and set them on the path to creating a sporting habit for life.”
Sport England will offer every secondary school in the country the opportunity to host a satellite club with the aim of creating 4,000 new satellite clubs by 2017.