A DURHAM netball club which started with just ten players a decade ago celebrated its milestone anniversary with a ball event.

Durham Palatinates Netball Club (DPNC) has grown from a handful of members to 160 players today – many of whom have gone on to become regional and county players with some progressing to England netball trials.

More than 200 players, parents and volunteers took part in the club’s 10th anniversary celebrations at a NETball, which comprised a dinner and its annual award presentation at The Riverside in Chester Le Street.

Former Super League player and head coach at DPNC, Marie Ewing, was presented with a special award from the club for her years of hard work. Awards were also presented for players’ player and coaches’ player – while the wooden spoons and spatulas were handed out to those who’d brought fun and been the cause of lasting memories over the year.

Said Marie: “It’s been a fantastic 10 years and everyone should be proud to be part of this club – I know I am. We’re one big family at DPNC and it’s been incredibly rewarding to see how players have grown and made netball part of their lives. I think it will be with many of them for years to come.”

The club takes players from the ages of six to adults, both social and performance players. As well as playing in local leagues, members have gone on tour as far afield as South Africa and Australia.

For more information visit DPNC on their Facebook page.