A sock-cessful Netball tournament kick-started Eating Disorder Awareness

On Saturday 22 February a total of 60 students and staff at NTU donned their funkiest socks and pivoted around a court with a ball in support of the "Sock-It" Netball Tournament to raise awareness for B-Eat charity.

The "Sock-it" campaign headed by B-Eat aims to raise awareness of eating disorders, and this year Katie Wright (VP Welfare & Community), and Jennifer Castle (Sport Activator for nu2sport) took the opportunity to team up and deliver the tournament to help drive the movement. The Eating Disorders Awareness Week that took place 24 February – 2 March 2014, was a chance to raise awareness and understanding of eating disorders, challenge stereotypes and stigmas, and raise funds for B-Eat.

On the day Jessica Northfield, the University Netball Officer, and the volunteer umpires from the NTU Netball team provided a professional and exciting schedule which saw the reigning champions from a similar event last year, 'Hiten Patel's NTU Select', return to defend their title and be successful in their pursuit.

Hiten commented: "It was a fantastic event which was very well organised. The turnout was also excellent and overall a great day. I am running for VP education this year so hopefully I will be back next year playing for an exec team!"

Jess added, "I was so happy with the turn-out. It was great to see people of all abilities joining on and enjoying the day!"

Eight teams turned up on the day, and amongst those were Rowers, Rugby, Lacrosse and American football players with a team also made up of executives from NTU. The final was nail-bitingly close with the CBC team (made up of NTU Rowers) leaving nothing in the changing room.

The Netball tournament was chosen to promote how you can stay fit and healthy by having an active lifestyle. Jennifer added, "It was great to see so many non-netballer's turn out for the tournament. I think it demonstrates how you do not have to be playing Netball or have any previous experience to get involved in the tournament or nu2sport sessions. Even the most reserved of students on Saturday found their competitive side which was great fun to be involved with! The nu2sport sessions are a great way for people to get fit and healthy and we are always keen to offer a helping hand to support anyone with an eating disorder."

Katie continued: "We had 60 people come down and help raise money for B-Eat and they should all be very proud they have contributed to the campaign. Between the cake sale and entry fee we also raised over £100. Hopefully this can become an annual event and we can continue supporting B-Eat."

Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses affecting 1.6 million people in the UK – they claim more lives than any other mental illness but are treatable and recovery is possible. Please visit the B-Eat website for more information on eating disorders.

A sock-cessful Netball tournament kick-started Eating Disorder Awareness

Published on 7 March 2014
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