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Tuesday 29 November 2011

Why is Martin Kelly playing netball?

Reds defender brushes up on his netball skills for Premier League 4 Sport event

Martin Kelly tried a different game through the Premier League 4 Sport project

The Premier League 4 Sport project sees top flight clubs encourage people to participate in other sports.

One of those sports is netball with the Liverpool FC Foundation's PL4S project working to organise sessions for girls aged 11-16 across the city.

After hearing about the work that's being done, defender Martin Kelly popped down to Anfield Sport and Community Centre for a match with the England netball team.

The defender missed a sitter right at the start but his competitive spirit won through and he ended the game having claimed a hat-trick.

"It's vital that as players we give our support to things like this"
- Martin Kelly

"I was happy with the goals I scored," smiled Kelly afterwards. "If you know me you know I take everything seriously, that's what I'm like.

"Sports like netball, table tennis, volleyball, badminton - these are all sports you can enjoy and get your fitness up.

"It's vital that as players we give our support to things like this."

Fantastic netballer

The Premier League 4 Sport coordinator for Liverpool FC is Gemma Smith, and she is aiming to establish her own LFC netball team.

She said: "Today is about highlighting the community sessions I've just started.

"In Merseyside there are a lot of adult leagues and the idea of this is to increase the junior provision. From what I've seen today and from our sessions, there's loads of junior talent in Liverpool.

"Martin Kelly has shown that not only is he a world-class footballer, he's also a fantastic netballer as well!"

As well as Kelly, Liverpool Ladies captain Vicky Jones went along to offer her support.

Click here to watch Martin taking part in the event.

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Key Points

  • Kelly tested his skills against the England netball team
  • Premier League 4 Sport project encourages people to participate in other sports.
  • Liverpool Ladies captain Vicky Jones also took part