‘Fiat Netball Superleague Player of the Year,’ Stacey Francis offers girls across all age groups and abilities the ultimate inspiration and insight.
All Hallows School in Somerset has recently appointed Netball ‘hotshot’ Stacey Francis to complement their existing coaching programme and to inspire the children. Director of Sport, Ben Coombes, explained the schools decision to bring Stacey on board:
“At All Hallows, we try to supplement our full time sports coaching programme with specialists of the highest calibre in their field. This approach brings variety for the children, improves their skills and, perhaps most importantly (particularly in light of last Summer’s Olympics), lifts their gaze and inspires them.”
Coaching at the school throughout the Lent term, Stacey has already made an impact on the lucky group of girls. Hot off the tails of a glorious win against Australia on 20th January, Stacey will resume her role at the school next week after two weeks on England duty.
Stacey’s ultimate ambitions are to win Gold at both the Commonwealth Games and the World Netball Champtionships. In the short-term she hopes to become a Superleague champion again with Team Bath for the 2013 season, which starts in February.
Stacey says: ”It is always rewarding to get out into the local community and reach the grassroots of netball in order to hopefully have some influence over the pool of talent that comes through the system. The attitude of the girls at All Hallows combined with the enthusiasm of the staff provides me with just the challenge I like when it comes to coaching. With the girls, already I have found that when I demonstrate or talk about something which seems complicated to them, when they get to try it they always pleasantly surprise themselves.”
About Stacey Francis
Further to her first senior cap on September 1st 2010 against Jamaica, in Jamaica, Francis was selected to compete in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi where the team won Bronze.
The 2011 World Netball Championships in Singapore followed with another bronze, as did the coveted title of ‘Fiat Netball Superleague Player of the Year’.
For the 2012 season Francis competed in the ANZ league* (the most competitive netball league in the world) representing the Canterbury Tactix, one of the New Zealand based teams in the Trans Tasman*.
This season Stacey is back playing for Team Bath, looking to win their 5th title and complete her MA in English at Cardiff Metropolitan. Stacey is also a Bath University graduate with a BSc (hons) in Sports Performance.
At just 25, Stacey has 21 caps for England.
Notes to editors:
Read more about the England team’s victory over Australia
*The ANZ Championship is the pre-eminent netball league in the world.The competition is held annually between April and July, comprising 69matches played over 17 weeks. It is contested by ten teams, five fromAustralia and five from New Zealand. The competition is administered by Trans Tasman Netball League, which was formed as a joint venture bythe netball governing bodies of both countries.
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