Pupils coached by gold medal winner
GOLD medal-winning netball player Eboni Beckford Chambers ran a coaching session for students at Wells Blue School in May.
It was Eboni’s first school visit since winning Commonwealth Games gold with England in Australia.
A member of the Team Bath netball team, the visit was courtesy of her employers and Team Bath sponsors Mogers Drewett, the West Country law firm which has an office in Wells, and was arranged by the Blue School’s head of PE Sam Holland.
Eboni ran a coaching session for Year 8 and 9 students with a focus on possession and keeping the ball around the circle, before taking part in a question and answer session about both her sporting and legal careers.
“It was great to see the girls in action and their enthusiasm,” she said.
“Hopefully I can inspire them not only to continue their academic studies but also their sporting careers – that’s the message we want to convey, that you don’t have to give up one to focus on the other.
“The girls said they had never imagined they would be able to hold a gold medal, so to be able to come here and share that experience with them is a really big thing for me. I was once a school pupil looking up to the England girls, wishing and wanting to wear that red dress with pride.
“If these visits impact even one girl to pursue their dreams, whatever that might be, it will have made a difference.”
Eboni is a trainee solicitor in the Dispute Resolution team at Mogers Drewett and also takes a key role in local initiatives that encourage the younger generation to lead active lifestyles.