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Grangetown Netball Club took time out of their preparations for the new Premier League season to support a campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues.


Since the start of 2014, Richard Kirby, who writes match reports for the club’s Premier squad, has been undertaking a series of “challenges” in conjunction with the mental health charity Mind’s “Time to Change” initiative.

Over recent months, Richard has bowled at England batsman Jonny Bairstow, sparred with unbeaten Guisborough boxer Josh Leather, faced BDO world ranked no.1 darts player Glen Durrant and current world champion Scott Mitchell on stage, and performed two live stand-up comedy routines. 

Richard ticked off another challenge when he took to the court as Grangetown goal keeper at the end of a practice session at Middlesbrough Sports Village, a venue which will also play host to all the club’s Premier League fixtures this season, starting with the visit of Bromsgrove-based Ryland on Sunday 27th September (start 12:30).

Details of Richard’s challenge can be found at www.richardkirby.org/challenge and for more information about Grangetown Netball Club, please go to www.pitchero.com/clubs/grangetownnetballclub


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