Loughborough Lightning Super League players visit Hartington

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Loughborough Lightning Super League players visit Hartington to show off their skills

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Students at Hartington C of E Primary School have enjoyed an afternoon of netball and finding out about African cultures as two Loughborough Lightning Super League players visited the village.

Peace Proscovia from Arua in Uganda and Phumza Maweni from Khayelitsha in South Africa were welcomed to the school on Wednesday 15th April for lunch with pupils followed by some netball games and activities in the playground.

Goal shooter, Peace, 25, said: “We are looking forward to interacting with the children and lifting them spiritually, physically and socially. We want to show them the skills and rules of netball and have some fun.”

Goal keeper, Phumza, 30, said: “We have enjoyed playing netball with the children and teaching them new skills.”

Pupil, Maddie Wager, 9, was keen to find out more about Peace’s culture and her love for netball during lunch – the pair chatted about their siblings, favourite sports and hobbies.

Josh Wright, 9, said: “I am looking forward to asking questions about Peace and Phumza’s cultures and their life at home.”

Sam Wright, 7, and Isaac Blackwell, 5, both agreed: “We are excited to play netball with Peace and Phumza and learn some new skills and tricks.”

The visit was arranged by Vice Chairman of the School Governors, Liz Broomhead MBE, who is heavily involved in the international netballing scene and received her MBE in the 2011 New Year’s Honours List for voluntary service to the sport.

The School is working towards gaining the next level of its British Council International School Award.

Head Teacher, Tracy Blackwell explained: “We already have our Intermediate Award for developing internationalism throughout the school and we want to achieve the Accreditation level. To do this, we need to complete at least seven international curricular activities and Peace and Phumza’s visit helps us to work towards this goal. It allows pupils to immerse themselves into the diversity and cultures of people from a different part of the world. They loved asking questions to find out more – the question and answer session with the children was outstanding.

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