+40 Women take huge stride forward

The FIMBA GB +40 Women were back in Leicester at the weekend where they had their best session yet as they continue their progress towards the World Cup in April and European Championships in June.

The two day camp started late Saturday with the entire team in attendance and a new Fan Gear shirt for the team, very gratefully supplied by Global Travel Worldwide.

Following a warmup from Spectrum physiotherapist, Natalie Gummerson, the team got straight down to business with some high intensity passing and shooting drills. Coach Harrison continued the progression to a 4 and then 5 person break, putting the skills learnt in the earlier drills into game situations.

The team worked on some situationals to be prepared to react if the play breaks down, before working on individual options to get open. They finished the afternoon putting all they’d learnt and worked on into action, in what was a very competitive scrimmage, before heading out for the evening and a well deserved drink and catch up.

What an amazing training camp! It feels like everything is coming together on and off court, with our team spirit at an all time high. I’m so excited every time I get on court with the team and can’t wait to play alongside them this year. I also want to thank the coaching team for all the work they have put in behind the scenes to bring this group together and raise our level.

Charlie Lauder – Captain

A different venue, still in Leicester, played host to Day 2 of the camp as Coach Harrison began the session focusing on passing accuracy and communication. Some shooting drills and individual advice from the coaches was then followed by Assistant Coach Lauder taking a unique approach to the plays, encouraging the ladies to look at options outside of the norm.

After a quick defensive set re-cap, the final hour and half was spent playing 6 minute scrimmages, where the coaches played with different player combinations and defences but left the overall play and options down to the players so they could observe and make notes. After each scrimmage, there was a quick debrief on positives and improvements before they ran again with every scrimmage getting better and better and more competitive, finishing at a very high standard with players putting into action all the individual pointers and team advice they’d worked on over the weekend.

I challenged the squad to train to a level above their expectation and they exceeded mine – their strength is their inclusive team ethic.

Coach Harrison

Two of the team then headed back down south to play their National League fixtures, showing the commitment all the team have to this amazing programme.

Next up, the team will likely be heading to London supporting their players in a National League title decider in March, followed by a friendly and then final training session before heading to the World Cup.

To support the GB Forties journey via Justgiving, please click here

Thank you to our corporate partners Trelleborg tyres, Langley Mechanical Services, Spectrum, White Trees Group, Casting Services, PPE and Care Days for their support. If you want to partner the team, please contact media@fimba-gb.com or click here for further details.