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Hot on the heels of Collyer’s netball silver success at the final of the Sussex under-18s Schools Cup, the college welcomed an international player and coaches from national basketball and netball sides to Horsham.

Tania Hoffman, Director of Netball for England Netball Super League’s Surrey Storm, and New Zealand and Surrey Storm shooter Megan Craig were joined by ‘Coach D’, a Development Coach from British Basketball League’s Surrey Scorchers. Megan, Tania and ‘Coach D’ ran highly technical and energetic coaching sessions for the Collyer’s basketball and netball academy squads.

Collyer’s Head of Sports Academy, John Burroughs said: “The idea of our sport academies in rugby, basketball and netball is to help provide our players with quality coaching and establish pathways to elite level sport. We hope that today’s sessions are the start of a partnership with both of these fantastic clubs.”

Vice Principal Melanie Russell said: “We are now attracting some of the top basketball, netball and rugby players from across the region to our Academy programmes, as it’s a great chance to combine a full sixth form learning programme with a professional focus on one of these sports.”

John Burroughs added: “It was an amazing experience to have two of the leading teams in the country at Collyer’s to run some coaching sessions for our academy teams. We are hoping this is just the start of what could become an extremely successful partnership. It has always been our target to provide our high level sports player’s with pathways into elite level sport. We have some incredibly talented players, so watch this space.”

Ian McAlister from the Collyer’s Progression Directorate said: “Both clubs are also heavily linked with Surrey University, and with many of our players starting to make decisions about higher education, this again provided a great opportunity to help them plan for their future.”

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