Friday, 25 November 2016
The Director of Netball for Worcester’s new professional netball team, and a former England netball captain, has today announced the teams for her testimonial match next month.
A host of stars will be attending the match for the Severn Stars’ Director of Netball Pamela Cookey to celebrate the career of the two-time Commonwealth bronze medallist and seven-time Superleague winner.
They include BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Caroline Barker, Olympic 400m medallist, Katharine Merry, current England netball players, Jo Harten, Sarah Bayman, Serena Guthrie and Severn Stars’ recent signing Laura Malcolm.
Former England mid-courter, Tamsin Greenway, will be dusting off her trainers to compete in the match having announced her retirement from netball last year, and Clare Elsey, World Indoor Champion 2016, will be taking to the court too.
New Vitality Netball Superleague team, the Severn Stars, jointly run by the University of Worcester and the University of Gloucestershire, will host the match at the University of Worcester Arena on Saturday 17 December at 3pm.
The match will also be raising money for Cancer Research and domestic violence charity, Refuge.
Pamela said: “I’m very excited to mark the end of my playing career amongst friends, family and netball fans!
“England Netball, Team Bath and Surrey Storm have been a big part of my journey and I now look forward to my off-court role with the Severn Stars. This is a chance for me to thank them all.
“This event is set to be jam-packed with stars from the sporting world and media strutting their stuff. I can’t wait to see you there too to celebrate with me!”
England international mid-courter, Sara Bayman, who has recently signed for Central Pulse in New Zealand, said: “I can't wait to play in this game to celebrate Pam's incredible career. Such a fun and memorable night seems like the perfect way to salute one of the greatest players in English netball history.”
Former World number one 400m runner, Katharine Merry, said: “I’m so excited to take to the court with a legend. Honestly, it is an honour to play in Pamela's testimonial. It will be great fun for important causes.”
Match tickets cost £15 or VIP tickets can be purchased for £30 – which includes match tickets, post-match function, food, live music and Q&A with the players. Tickets can be bought online from www.ticketline.co.uk/pamela-cookey#bio.
Full line-ups for Pamela’s testimonial:
Team Cancer Research
• Jo Harten
• Serena Guthrie
• Eboni Beckford-Chambers
• Hannah Reid
• Sophia Candappa
• Clare Elsley
• Rachel Shaw
• Katharine Merry
• Ian MacDonald
• Colyn Gordon
• Tamsin Greenway
• Sara Bayman
• Rachel Dunn
• Josie Huckle
• Naida Hutchingson
• Becky Tripick
• Laura Malcolm
• Caroline Barker
• Chris Mcleod
• Brian Williams