Benenden’s Netball squads were delighted to be offered coaching sessions with Saracens Mavericks and England Netball pro Razia Quashie.
The sessions presented a unique chance for the players to work on their game under the guidance of an experienced and talented professional. After a weekend that saw Benenden claim 14 wins from 14 matches against rival schools, the star’s timely visit was a welcome opportunity for pupils to further strengthen their skills.
Razia has become a defensive stalwart at the back for Saracens Mavericks in the Vitality Netball Superleague, after rising through their pathway system as a youngster. The powerful goalkeeper has a talent for crucial interceptions in key moments of the game.
Speaking to the students, she said: “I never had a long-term goal in Netball; it was always in education, to get a degree and graduate. I took a year out from the Vitality Roses in 2018 to be a Future and concentrate on getting my degree.
“Now I’ve done that, I’m back in the Vitality Roses programme and I’m starting a Master’s alongside Netball. At no point did I ever think I would reach this far but I’m happy to be here.”
Razia has been selected into the Vitality Roses programme for 2021-22. She is currently recovering from an Achilles injury but hopes to be fully fit for the Commonwealth Games this Summer in Birmingham.