Merthyr Ladies Netball Celebrate A Decade Of Progress

Merthyr Ladies Netball Club are preparing to celebrate their 10th anniversary.

PE teacher Rebecca Pilarz founded the club during March 2008 and says: “The last few years have been so busy.

“As we approach our 10 year anniversary I look back with such great pride and honour at what my family, friends, local community and Welsh Netball have allowed me to achieve.

“I love my club. We are a family and I look forward to the future with a great sense of achievement, excitement and pride.”

When Rebecca returned home from university there were limited opportunities to play netball in Merthyr and she took action.

Merthyr Ladies Netball Club juniors.

After hiring a sports hall, Rebecca borrowed bibs and balls, invited friends to join her and 20 women showed up.

Merthyr Ladies trained weekly, joined the A470 Netball League and lost 64-4 in their first match against Caerphilly.

They stuck at it, worked on fitness and skills, and within two years the club had had A and B teams, while they created a junior section.

Merthyr won the A470 League in their second season, a measure of how hard the players worked and how quickly they improved.

The A470 Netball League logo.

There are now 10 teams for a range of ages in their 10th year supported by a committed group of coaches, players and parents who help the club grow.

They have also provided mascots for the Welsh senior squad and Superleague club Celtic Dragons.

Merthyr are planning a week of celebrations during March when all age groups will be involved in a different activity each evening.

The final event of their anniversary week will be a dinner and dance on Saturday, March 10 – and then Merthyr will look ahead to the next 10 years.

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