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Flying Vixens win maiden BNB Charity Netball tournament



Nigeria Netball Federation Secretary, Helen Manufor; President/Coach, BNB Netball, Bimbo Smith; Co- Founder/Coach, Fehintola Smit; UK Certified Netball Umpire, Rosemary Okocha, at the recent BNB Charity Netball Tournament. 

The Flying Vixens have defeated Sky Divas to win the maiden Bringing Netball Back (BNB) Charity Netball tournament, which is aimed at resuscitating the sport and raising funds to Family Vocational Institute for the Disabled (FVID).
Among the teams at the tournament were Flying Vixens, Hot Shots, Las Gidi Chicks and Sky Divas.

These teams consisted of BNB members as well as players from across Lagos, who responded to a call for netballers.
The crowd, including children from the Family Vocational Institute for the Disabled (FVID), lapped up the exciting demonstration of netball.

BNB supports FVID and arranged for them to be part of the tournament, which was also used to raise money to support Reverend Okon’s efforts at FVID.

The children from FVID enjoyed the spectacle, leaving with a busload of donated items. Proceeds from ticket and raffle sales from the day also went to FVID.

The event attracted a wide array of sponsors, including Sky Enterprise, Air France/ KLM, SAKR, Leadway Assurance Company, Polygon Sports and Seven Up Bottling Company.
Mr. Ayodele Agbesanwa and Mr. Nunayon Travih represented the Lagos State Sports Commission, while the Secretary of the Nigerian Netball Federation (NFF), Mohammed Sanusi, was also present on the day.

The umpires for the tournament, Helen Manufor and Rosemary Okocha, both ex-England netball players, were flown in from the United Kingdom, especially for the tournament.

BNB President, Bimbo Smith, expressed deep gratitude to the sponsors, who made the event possible, hinting at an even more spectacular event in December 2016.

She implored parents, grandparents, aunties, sisters, teachers, heads of schools to involve the girls in their lives in netball which teaches valuable life skills – concentration, discipline, tenacity, team spirit, competitiveness and so much more.

The BNB Club was founded in February 2012 with the vision to promote netball as the team sport of choice for women and girls in Nigeria.
The club says its aim is to see the next generation of girls embracing netball as their sport with the eventual emergence of a national team.

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