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Jo Harten stopped off at Northwood College as part of International Netball Roadshow
5:46pm Thursday 8th August 2013 in Sport
England international netball player Jo Harten visited Northwood College on Wednesday as part of the International Netball Roadshow and says it is important young people get the chance to take part in the spot.
The 24-year-old spent the morning coaching seven to 16 year olds before they were given the chance to put what they had learnt into practice in an afternoon tournament.
Harten, who competed at the 2011 Commonwealth Games and has been capped 46 times by England, believes netball is going from strength to strength.
She said: "I think it is really important that younger people get the chance to take part in netball because it is growing quickly in the country.
"It’s the number one participation sport for women and I think events like these are helping it go from strength to strength.
"They don’t just focus on the netball side of things, it is a whole package. There are sessions about the mental side of the sport and then there are sessions about nutrition.
"So it is really good for younger people to be able to attend and they seem to really enjoy them."
Harten spends half of her year in New Zealand as she plays professional netball in the country.
However she says when we returns to England, she is always looking to encourage the next generation of sporting stars.
She added: "I got into netball at school and I had really supportive parents who helped me to where I am now.
"But I didn’t have anything like the sessions that have been taking place. If we did I certainly would have taken part in them.
"I really enjoy taking part in the coaching and the kids like putting what they learn in training into practice."
The International Netball Roadshow is one of a number of summer sports programmes being held in Northwood by Activate Sport.
Olympic, Commonwealth and European Championships Gold medallist Denise Lewis attended an multi-Sport and Activity Camp at St John’s School and said it is important to continued the "buzz" created by London 2012.
She added: "This is ideal way for children to get actively involved to try new sports and get quality coaching.
"The buzz of London 2012 was to 'Inspire the next generation' and this is doing exactly that. It is great to be at St John’s School, which is a great venue."
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