Atkins James are committed to supporting local grassroots sports including Ripley Netball Club. Our Senior Consultant, Laura Belcher, is part of the Derbyshire based Netball club who were established in 1994.
Ripley Netball Club were the first netball club in Derbyshire to begin socially distanced netball training outside when restrictions began to ease after the lockdown. Bubbles were created and they were finally able to see their coaches and friends after so long whilst adhering to government guidelines and England Netball's new ruling system. Unfortunately, due to time of year and the nights drawing in, RNC's training is starting to look like it will come to a sudden halt since they don't have any outdoor lights to train with.
Statement from RNC:
"We have been very fortunate to be able to return as a club to train since we have all found it has helped us feel 'normal' in such a hard and uneasy time as well as helping our own physical and mental health. We'd be utterly lost without training every week and doing the sport we love! We have been quoted £1,200 for two flood lights to be put up either side of the court but since this is a lot of money, we cannot raise this purely by ourselves. Our members range from primary school children to university graduates to mothers, so money for some can be a problem but as a club, we are doing our absolute best. Any help would be greatly appreciated even if it's one pound - we just want to be able to keep doing the sport we love and support each other through this difficult time!"
Please join us in helping Ripley Netball Club get flood lights so they can continue their training: