Myerscough College netball squad were put through their paces during a training session with former England captain, Marion Lofthouse.
National coach Lofthouse led the team through a masterclass on a visit to the Bilsborrow campus before hosting a question and answer session about her impressive career in the sport.
Lofthouse has enjoyed coaching roles with the English and Northern Irish national sides, Bury YW, Northern (Manchester) Thunder, where she was also director of netball, and Leeds Carnegie.
Speaking on her visit she said: “I just love netball and played from the age of 10. I played club and still play club and there were a lot of centre court players, so I played Goal Defence. My motivation was I will get there, if you drop me I will get back. I think everyone needs someone who pushes them. Every week I used to go to the gym and pick the hardest person to be up against.
“I got better and better, started to play games of 2v1 where I’d be run ragged. But I soon learned how to play them, kept improving, and eventually got into the England team.’’
Lofthouse still holds an influential role in North West netball, building the club’s squads in both the Co-operative Netball Super league and the Netball Talent League.
Emily Hallett, captain of the Myerscough College team, said: ‘‘Having Marion coaching the squad provided a great opportunity for all the girls to develop their game play and to use different tactics throughout matches.
“As Ambassador I am proud of the constant attendance of the girls at training and their commitment to Myerscough Netball. I’m really pleased with the continued development of the squad that we have this year.” Team coach Joanne Chadwick, Sport’s Lecturer at Myerscough College, added: ‘‘It was an honour and surprise that Marion not only attended our training session, but delivered a lot it too.
“Marion has offered to come in and do a few more coaching sessions with us in the coming months. Her visit has added to the already high motivation and enthusiasm levels of the squad and this stands us in good stead for the season ahead.’’