First UK beach netball tournament was a ball

Following the success of the UK’s first ever beach netball tournament in June, the event will return to Bournemouth in 2017.

Netball teams from across the country battled it out on Boscombe Beach on June 18.

The tournament was eventually won by Shore Thing from Bournemouth who beat Pick n Mix from Basingstoke in the final.

All proceeds from the event went to Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (DCCF).

Tournament organiser Emma Magson, said: “Myself and my fellow organiser Anna Sharp love playing netball and after seeing what a success beach netball is becoming in Australia and Hong Kong, we decided to go for it and try and arrange a tournament here in Dorset.

“We were pretty amazed by the response we got; As soon as we sent out an invitation to take part, teams came forward from all over, including London.”

Two courts were set up on Bournemouth Beach, smaller than conventional netball courts and the only lines/markings were a rectangular area in front of the net.

Emma said: “The normal netball rules applied very loosely due to the fact we were playing on sand – it was very hard to penalise someone for ‘footwork’ for example and after a goal had been scored play restarted from the back line, not the centre of the court.

“None of the players had positional bibs either, so it was in essence a bit of a free for all, but that only added to the fun and enjoyment of the event.”

Anna said: “We have great beaches here and the players said they loved competing with the sea as their backdrop.

“We were also thrilled when Urban Beach at Boscombe offered to support us by providing a barbecue and Active Therapy South also offered our players free massages.

“It was a great day for all the players and the many people who turned out to watch and support them. So we’re now planning an even bigger and better tournament for next summer.”

Over £300 was raised by the tournament and all proceeds have been donated to the Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (DCCF) which gives cash grants to local people struggling financially because of cancer.

DCCF fundraising trustee Anne Rowland, said: “We are so grateful to Emma and Anna for all their hard work on our behalf.

“Their tournament was amazing to watch and the money it has raised will make a real difference to cancer sufferers here in Dorset.”

Teams interested in taking part in the 2017 Beach Netball Tournament will be able to find dates and register very shortly at:

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The Dorset Cancer Care Foundation was set up in 2012 by Eve Went, Pam Jeffries and Leslie-May Harrison from Poole, to provide practical help for people and families affected by cancer.

Every penny raised by the charity stays in Dorset and helps fund individual grants for anything from a new specialist bed, to a wig following chemotherapy, childcare for someone undergoing treatment and even hospital car parking.

Grants have also gone to Lewis Manning Hospice, Poole Hospital and the Bournemouth Leukaemia Fund