‘Dovehead’ makes it a hat-trick

Ex-England netball star Emma Dovey with  Siena Edhem, Sofia Carruthers-Mackinnon, Alice Lashua and Lucy Hunt at the Activate International Netball Roadshow at Harrogate's Ashville College.

Ex-England netball star Emma Dovey with Siena Edhem, Sofia Carruthers-Mackinnon, Alice Lashua and Lucy Hunt at the Activate International Netball Roadshow at Harrogate's Ashville College.

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A former England international netballer has visited Harrogate’s Ashville College where she spent a morning teaching young hopefuls how to improve their game.

Emma Dovey, Manchester Thunder and ex-England defender, was the guest coach at this summer’s Activate three-day International Netball Roadshow, being held at the independent school.

Nicknamed Dovehead, Emma is one of three high profile sporting stars to visit Ashville College within the space of a fortnight.

Lancashire great Glen Chapple coached young cricketers at the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy last week, while before him, Olympic medalist Louis Smith made a personal appearance at the inaugural Louis Smith Gymnastics Academy.

During her visit, Emma – who won five international caps – taught more than 40 young netballers, aged between seven and 16, various ball skills to improve their game play and technical ability. The girls also had the opportunity to ask Emma questions about her netballing career before she signed autographs and posed for photographs.

Ashville College’s events and lettings manager David Wilson said: “It was our pleasure to host Emma’s visit and she was superb with the young netballers. She showed off the skills which led to her being chosen to represent England and a current member of Manchester Thunder.

“The International Netball Roadshow provides participants the unique opportunity to fulfil their netball potential by learning from one of the best.

“Hopefully this coaching session by Emma will inspire the young girls to set their sporting sights as high as possible.”

Mr Wilson added: “Netball is a very popular sport at Ashville College and we have a number of strong netball teams across the year groups.

“We actively encourage young girls to get involved in sport and our students are supported by a host of fantastic coaches.

“Ashville invests significantly in its sporting provisions which are used by a whole host of organisations and individuals, including the summer camps run by Activate.”

Ashville College is a leading independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged four to 18 years and consists of pre-prep, junior and senior pupils.