Plymouth Parkway Football Club, whose first team are currently riding high in the South West Peninsular Premier League, have taken the slightly unique step of joining forces with a ladies netball team, who will play under the Club’s banner in Division One next season.
The netball team were originally formed by Tamsin Davies, who set up a training session for a number of ladies who wanted to get back to netball around 7 years ago, they then joined the PDNL in the old Division 5. The team have gained new members and steadily progressed, in the last three years winning 2 promotions as league winners. Last season, the ladies won promotion from Division Two as Princess. From September, they will play with the Plymouth Parkway badge emblazoned on their brand new kit and be known as Parkway Princesses.
Plymouth Parkway Football Club’s first team are striving towards providing the City with a higher standard of non-league football, they have a successful reserve side and a fast developing youth set up. The Club feel that by supporting netball and increasing it’s exposure, Plymouth Parkway can promote their name around the City from a different perspective.
Parkway’s Chairman, Mark Russell, a keen supporter of all sports in the City, has endorsed the move for the ladies, which can only go to help both teams.
The Parkway Princesses match and training kits have been kindly sponsored by Gez Baggott Decorators. Team captain Emma Price (Tamsin’s sister), originally came up with the idea as her husband Liam Price became Captain of Plymouth Parkway FC in 2002, playing with the club for over a decade and still holds the record number of 374 appearances.
Emma and the team are extremely grateful to Gez, Mark and the Plymouth Parkway family for welcoming them and for their new kit! They are proud to be Parkway Princesses and are looking forward to the start of the season.
The netball team caused quite a stir amongst the Parkway faithful at a recent football match, parading their new kit and the ladies were introduced as part of the club and received a warm welcome. As a result, this will no doubt attract a few more supporters this season!
Plymouth & District Netball League have a wide range of opportunities throughout the city, including mixed netball, in the summer, so it looks like Plymouth Parkway could be a force to reckoned with as the Footballers and Netballers could compete together! Alongside the mixed netball a number of Back 2 Netball sessions, for those who haven’t played for a while, are running as well as Pay & Play and walking netball for ladies who feel the running isn’t for them! Anyone who would like more information please feel free to contact the PDNL at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to Facebook page Plymouth & District Netball.