Although the sport has flourished as a popular sport for young girls in the last couple of decades, there are still limited pathways into high-level Netball, with little coverage and recognition.

The School Games will offer a fantastic opportunity to our young Netball stars, giving them the chance to take part in this fantastic multi-sport, international competition… an opportunity that they may not have experienced before!

Loughborough Lightning mid-court player, Beth Cobden, is one netball star who is hoping that will change... And after winning gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Cobden and her teammates most definitely threw the sport back into the spotlight!

We chatted to Beth about her netball career and her excitement to see it included in our refreshed sporting schedule.

How did you get into netball?

I first starting playing netball because my mum used to play and I always wanted to get involved myself, so as soon as I was old enough she took me down to my first club (Newhall Netball).

Was there a standout moment/performance that inspired you?

I was fortunate enough to play for a team called Parkside when I was younger; the club really developed my love for the game. A highlight would be when we won the nationals, beating Oldham by one goal in the final!

Have you met any friends for life through competing?

I have definitely made so many great friends through netball; it really does help you meet some great girls who you can have a laugh with! There’s nothing better than being part of a team!

You competed in the Commonwealth Games – how was the overall experience?

It was so good to be part of a multi-sport event with so many nations in amongst each other. There was always a buzz and everyone was so friendly, you end up talking to everyone as you walk round!

Australia did a great job hosting, there was constant entertainment in the village such as dancers, puppies, koala bears and games rooms - there was always something to do! 

Had you ever experienced anything like this before?

I haven’t ever been to a big event like this before so it was absolutely amazing to experience it. It has set the bar high, if I ever get to go to Commonwealth Games again.

School Games is similar but on a smaller scale - how beneficial will it be for 2018’s competitors to experience it?

It is a great experience for all those involved at the School Games. I’d really advise to take part in as much as you can and try and watch other sports too in your spare time… but most importantly - enjoy it!

What was it like to win gold on the Gold Coast?

Winning a gold medal was such a surreal, amazing experience.

We always knew we could win but hadn’t beaten Australia in years, so to go out and do it on their home soil was incredible!

Have you got any advice to the athletes competing in the 2018 School Games?

Give it everything you’ve got and enjoy it!!

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