70 years old is a good achievement in any walk of life, and Sparkhill Netball Club were particularly proud to reach that milestone this year, as the Club was originally founded in 1945.
To celebrate, Sparkhill put together an Anniversary Funday & Tournament and invited past & present Sparkhill players, along with local clubs to come and help us celebrate in style, with support from the Big Summer of Netball and Moseley School.
The day was a resounding success, not only was some great netball played; we had absolutely fabulous weather, and it was wonderful to welcome back so many old faces – our nostalgia table was a real hit, bringing a tear to the eye of many as they looked through photographs and articles. Friends and families had a lovely time, and the Ice cream van and burger stands did a roaring trade!
Congratulations go to Sutton Royals and Saints who won the Senior Cup & Plate sections of the tournament, and to Birmingham City NC who won the intermediates section. Congratulations Dayl Dufrane of Linden Netball club who jointly won the National Muriel McNally Grassroots Award sponsored by NetballUK. Well done Dayl! Sparkhill did manage to get in amongst the trophies, with our fledgling team of Cubs finishing runners up in the Intermediates final!
With nearly 30 teams attending, 250 players, 20 umpires and around another 100 or more spectators, it was a fantastic community event and we may consider making it an annual event!