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Netball: Brent youngsters surprised by England international Kadeen Corbin at London Youth Games finals

PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 July 2017

The Brent netball team met international Kadeen Corbin (back, centre) at the London Youth Games finals at the weekend (pic: LYG)

The Brent netball team met international Kadeen Corbin (back, centre) at the London Youth Games finals at the weekend (pic: LYG)

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Brent teenagers met one of their idols at the weekend

A group of netballers from Brent got a surprise courtside visit from England international Kadeen Corbin at this weekend’s London Youth Games finals at Crystal Palace.

Many of the team, who were representing the borough in the under-19s netball tournament, were at the finals for the first time and finished behind eventual silver medalists Haringey in their group.

Corbin, who competed in the Games between 2003 and 2005, now plays her club netball in New Zealand for Christchurch-based club Mainland Tactix, but spent time chatting with the young players before their final group games.

The 25-year-old is preparing to be part of the England squad for next month’s quad series in Australia between the two countries, along with New Zealand and South Africa.

“I’ve absolutely loved being here and meeting the girls playing,” said Corbin.

“It has brought back so many good memories. The standard of competition was great, but it’ s really about going out, enjoying it, having fun and making new friends — that’s all I ever did when I played here.”

Brent schoolgirl Aoife Cronin, who plays for the London Netball Academy said: “It was amazing to be here and experience the London Youth Games and meeting Kadeen made it even more special. It was really good of her to come out of her way and watch us.

“She was really easy to talk to and gave us some good advice. I think it made us play better knowing that she was watching so maybe we can get her to be our coach next year!”

The London Youth Games is the largest annual youth sports festival in Europe.

Nearly 1.5 million young Londoners have taken part since the first games in 1977 including Linford Christie, Dina Asher-Smith, David Weir and Bradley Wiggins.

Over 140,000 young Londoners from all 33 London Boroughs took part in this year’s games which was won by Bromley.

“It was great to see over 6,000 young people from every borough in London coming together to see just what they can achieve working together as part of a team,” said LYG CEO Jon Hughes.

Find out the full results from this year’s Youth Games by visiting www.londonyouthgames.org.

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