The Bassingham Belles were the lucky recipients of a masterclass from England star Sasha Corbin this week. The Hertfordshire Mavericks' captain made the trip to the county ahead of linking up with coach Tracey Neville and the rest of the England squad at their pre-World Cup training camp.
Corbin's visit to Lincolnshire was part of FordUK's Netball on the Road campaign, and Belles player Natasha Woods won the masterclass through a Twitter competition. "I had to explain why Sasha should visit the Belles and what the club meant to me - I couldn't believe it when she told me she was coming," said the competition winner.
The England international spent more than two hours running the masterclass with Bassingham at The Priory Witham Academy in Lincoln, working on ball skills and movement, then coaching some game play, before sitting down for a question and answer session with the players. Everyone left tired, but inspired by the experience.
"She is such a great ambassador and role model. The Belles had a great time and couldn't thank her enough for the effort she put into the session and the enthusiasm with which she delivered it," said first team captain Jo Mackie.
Corbin was equally impressed: "I had a fantastic time and it was the Belles who made it so special. It was a great session with lots of energy and laughter."