Annabel Ingram tells Army&You why netball is one of her top priorities…


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WHEN we receive a posting most of us Google the area or new schools first. Not me, I search for the netball clubs, which are the good ones to join and where they finished in the league.

I have played since school. The only time I stopped was when I was pregnant.

My two boys have grown up on the side of a court or in a sports hall whilst mummy plays. They still ask to come and watch now but I think it is more the pull of the centre’s tuck shop than my playing skills!

Having given up my PE teaching career to move with my soldier it is a key part of who I am and how I make friends.

When we lived in England I played for teams in Andover, Aldershot and Southampton. In Northern Ireland, I played for a club in the Premier League.

As a team we trained, played and often   socialised together and travelled to Spain for a tournament this year.

I have even played for Northern Ireland’s national team as I have lived there long enough to be eligible.

Over the years I have played at all levels and make sure I continue now that we are settled in our own home.

I can’t imagine what it will be like when I stop playing; sport is a great way to make new friends in the local area you move to.

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