'Mrs Netball' Beryl is on a mission

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Beryl - 'Mrs Netball' - Credit: Submitted

Torbay’s ‘Mrs Netball’ - Beryl D’Alessandro - is on a mission. 

The woman who has devoted much of her life to running netball teams and encouraging girls and ladies of a range of ages to believe in themselves and be part of a team and the netball community, is out to raise money to further improve playing facilities which are already being regenerated in major scheme.

Government funding to regenerate Torquay town centre will also include plans to improve Upton Park and bring its netball courts back to life. 

Lymington Road is where Beryl’s long career in netball all started. So, she has decided she would like to help raise money to add further equipment and facilities. 

Beryl suffers from sarcoidosis, fibromyalgia, arthritis and asthma and has had three heart attacks. But she is planning to walk 40 miles in four months to represent the 40 years of service to netball and aims to raise £4,000 - hopefully losing four stone in the process. 

Beryl will be 75 on June 6 and is hoping to finish in time for birthday celebrations and a cream tea in her garden. 

She has set up a Fundraising Page and is looking for support. 

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Beryl was a keen netball player herself and formed a team that used to play at Lymington Road in the early 1980s. She also qualified as an umpire.  

She started suffering from arthritis and so concentrated her efforts on running teams and organising charity tournaments. 

Her daughters, Laura and Lia, started playing for her and over the years she developed and ran up to 10 teams in various local leagues. 
 
Seven years ago, Beryl started up a League at Paignton Academy’s Hub and with the help from local sponsors and an invaluable committee has grown this into a well-established Torbay League with three divisions and 29 teams. 

 She was also presented with the ‘Unsung Hero of the Year’ award in a recent Torbay Sports Awards event 

The funding page can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-restore-lymington-road-netball-courts?qid=333c179ca447a25c574bbcdc15431eda