Calling all netball fanatics!

It’s back! Following the resounding success of last year’s Play on the Pitch, Stewarton Bounce Back to Netball team will be staging their fantastic outdoor netball tournament, supported by Netball Scotland, on Kilmarnock FC’s football pitch on Saturday 10th June 2017.

Hundreds of netballers will once again take over Rugby Park to participate in “Play on the Pitch 2” on Kilmarnock FC’s all-weather, premier league pitch.  The competition will see Rugby Park turned into nine netball courts with 32 teams from far and wide (so far including Kinross, Largs, Dumbarton, Glasgow and across Ayrshire) competing in a cup and plate tournament. For the first time, the ninth court on the pitch will be reserved for a junior schools competition, with participating teams from nearby local authority areas.

Trophies and awards will be presented directly after the tournament when players, supporters and spectators can celebrate and relax enjoying a well-earned, complimentary burger from the BBQ, beer (or soft drink) and some great live music. With loads of family entertainment also going on throughout the day, friends and families are invited to get along to cheer on their team from the terraces.

Once again all money raised will go towards reaching the £30,000 fundraising target to be shared between Stewarton Ladies Netball’s nominated charities – Scottish Autism, Scottish Disability Sport and Ayrshire Hospice.

One of the event organisers Sharon Kearney explains “Play on the Pitch 2 marks the continuation of an exciting fundraising campaign by Stewarton Ladies Netball, with the ambitious team staging a number of exciting fundraising events over the 18 months, culminating in a demanding overseas cycling challenge in 2017.  We are so thrilled to have the support of Kilmarnock Football Club once again and look forward to staging what is sure to be another unique and fun tournament, on the pitch at Rugby Park.  Registration is open now at https://www.ayrshirehospice.org/how-you-can-help/fundraising/events/play-on-the-pitch/ on a first come, first served basis!”

A maximum of twelve players can register per team. Teams will be randomly put into sections of four and play each other within their section.  In the afternoon session the top two teams within their section will go into the “winners group” and the bottom two into the “plate group”, with trophies to be won in both groups.  Each team will play a minimum of six x 15 minute games.

Lee McCulloch, Interim Manager at Kilmarnock Football Club said “We are absolutely delighted to support Stewarton Ladies Bounce Back to Netball by once again offering Rugby Park as a venue for their unique “Play on the Pitch” netball tournament in June.  As a club, we are keen to encourage participation in all kinds of sport and look forward to seeing another competitive sport being played on the pitch at Rugby Park!  We wish the ladies every success with their fundraising efforts.”

Registration forms are available to download from www.ayrshirehospice.org/how-you-can-help/fundraising/events/play-on-the-pitch/ or from Sharon Kearney – email: sharongkearney@gmail.com  mobile 07971 508623 or Vicki Smith – email: vickismith11@btinternet.com  mobile 07881543485.  Further event information is available at: www.facebook.com search for “Stewarton ladies netball” or “Play on the Pitch”

 

Photography: Play on the Pitch 2 launch photographs taken 15/3/17 at Kilmarnock FC by:

Jeff Holmes  jeff@jshpix.co  Tel: 07802 610085  Website: www.jshpix.co  Twitter: @jeffholmes24

  • Tournament costs £250 per team, with a £50 discount for teams who provide a qualified, non-playing umpire. (This discounted rate is available on a first-come, first-served basis until the 12 umpire slots are filled) A £100 deposit per team is due on booking to secure your place and the balance is to be paid in full by 14th April 2017. A maximum of twelve players can register per team. Teams will be randomly put into sections of four and play each other within their section.  In the afternoon session the top two teams within their section will go into the “winners group” and the bottom two into the “plate group”, with trophies to be won in both groups. Each team will play a minimum of six x 15 minute games.