Fundraising festival of netball to be held on July 15

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The Manx Netball Association is holding a Unity Festival at Bemahague on July 15 to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

During the course of the day, the MNA plan to run junior tournaments for under-11s, u14s and u16s on the school’s outdoor courts.

Bemahague’s indoor courts will host a mixed tournament in the morning and one for MNA senior league players during the afternoon.

During the day’s packed schedule there will also be a chance to try walking netball.

St Ninian’s students working towards their Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Sport are helping with the organisation of the day as part of their course work.

All proceeds from entry fees and raffle ticket sales on the day will be added to the overall Isle of Man total for the August 26’s annual Relay for Life at the NSC track.

Nicola Walkingshaw of the Relay’s organising committee said: ’I am absolutely delighted that the MNA and the students at St Ninian’s are supporting this incredible cause.

’At the relay we are about celebrating and hope, and this Unity Festival will bring another huge branch of the community in the netball family and its supporters together in the fight against cancer in a fun and active way.’

Netball development officer Rachel Andrew added: ’It is great to be working with Nicola, the students and their teacher Charlotte Christian.

’We are all striving to make the day as successful as possible - people of all ages and abilities having fun playing netball, raising funds for a fantastic cause and giving Charlotte’s students the chance to get some real hands on experience of orgainising a sports event.

’We now need plenty of teams to sign up for to play so please get involved.’

For an entry form or more information call Rachel on 07624 308893 or email

Closing date for entries is June 30.

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