Hello! I’m Jenni and I’m a BBN-er (all together now: Hi Jenni…). Ahem, moving on. I’m 24, a couple of years out of uni and, if I’m honest, have been avoiding sports since I was about 12 years old.
Don’t get me wrong, I used to love team sports and since about 5 years ago I’ve been an active gym goer, runner, HIIT bunny and occasional swimmer but somewhere around the end of primary school or beginning of secondary the team sport dynamic lost me. Suddenly everything got very competitive and unless you were a champion player there seemed to be no space left to just turn up and play! I tried the school netball club for a while, but after several weeks of being left on the bench as the “real team” had to practice for a match I never went back. I felt this all the way into university when the only netball club there was existed purely to train for the inter-university championships. So, without even realizing I had been looking for somewhere to play again, in BBN I had stumbled across a perfect place where I could play casually – for fun – what a relief!
Now, bear with me while I tell you a little story about how I came to BBN. I got an internship as a marketing assistant straight out of uni working for Carol Smillie (little bit disconcerting to turn up to an interview and come face to face with a household name!) at her company DiaryDoll. DiaryDoll make knickers with a secret waterproof panel. Designed to look like normal underwear - soft, pretty and machine washable - but stopping any leaks from pelvic floor weakness, periods, or post maternity coming through to the outside of your clothing or onto bed sheets. I immediately loved the concept - I mean, who doesn’t have an embarrassing leaks story they wish they didn’t??! - but given I could barely even say the word “period” out loud before starting, even going for interview felt pretty ballsy (though, naturally, I pretended it was the most ordinary thing in the world – ahem - sorry, Carol!).
DiaryDoll are partnered with Netball Scotland and Carol is the BBN ambassador, so I’ve had a lot to do with them both since starting my job, admiring the concept from afar but never making the leap to join in. So, when Carol was offered the opportunity to go along to a Bounce Back trial session, I jumped at the chance to be allowed to go (officially my line was to take photos for the social media…), praying that I’d be able to play and sneakily shoving my active wear into my handbag just in case.
Thankfully I managed to sneak into the final game and from that moment I was hooked.
As soon as I got home I looked up my local club – Bearsden, now played at the Donald Dewar Centre – and made my plans to attend. When I first arrived I’m not going to lie, I was nervous. Who wants to be the new kid, right? But the ladies there were so welcoming and friendly it felt like I’d been going for years. We moved straight from a warm up into a game, and I was surprised to find how quickly my memory of the game came back and even when I was a bit ropey there was always someone on hand to give me pointers.
Since then I’ve attended nearly every week, my friendships are only getting stronger and I look forward to every session. It’s the perfect weekly de-stress and I find I’m having the same conversations I’d have over a cup of coffee but getting fit and having a laugh at the same time instead. There are always new members coming so it’s a great way to meet people and we have a wide range of ages and abilities so there’s something for everyone.
I can’t sing its praises highly enough, so if you’re not a member yet, why not? Take a shot (badum psh) and sign up!
Now, I have to go, because funnily enough I’m writing this on a Wednesday evening and that means it’s time to go to my netball club and I wouldn’t miss that for the world.
Ciao for now!