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J S Wright backs local netball club

Leading building services provider J S Wright has provided a boost to junior netball after becoming the main sponsor of the West Midlands’ premier club.

The mechanical and electrical services specialist, which has its headquarters in Birmingham, is now supporting Parkside Netball Club in Sutton Coldfield.

Parkside plays in the Walsall and Birmingham Intermediate leagues. It has two Under-13 (Year 8) and two Under-12 (Year 7) sides, with an Under-14 (Year 9) squad starting in September.

J S Wright’s rolling annual sponsorship will enable the club to invest in training equipment and subsidise entry fees for tournaments across the country in a sport that has seen a massive surge in interest since England’s 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medal success.

Parkside has spawned a host of internationals since it was established in 1995, including current England Roses captain Ama Agbeze and players Beth Cobden and Layla Gusgoth, all of whom started out as juniors at the club and are now hoping to be selected for the Netball World Cup in Liverpool this summer.

No less than 18 of Parkside’s current 22-member Under-13 squad and four of the Under-12s are in the Birmingham Academy (County) squad.

Run entirely by volunteers, the club recently won the Birmingham Under-14 County League despite its oldest player being a year younger than the age level. It also finished second in the England Under-12 Midlands regional tournament, leading to qualification for the national finals being held this month.

Parkside Netball Club chairman, David Griffiths, said: “J S Wright’s great support will help us give the increasing number of young girls across Birmingham that want to take up netball the best possible opportunity to train and play at the highest level, achieve their individual potential, and make lasting friendships.”

Andrew Smith, J S Wright national design and estimating director, whose daughter plays for the club, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Parkside in nurturing the sporting ambitions of young girls in our community. As a company, J S Wright similarly strives to be the best at what we do and to provide a rewarding career path for local young people.”

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