I was delighted last week to meet Natalie Miller the Co Captain of the England indoor netball team otherwise known as Nets.
We met at Natalie’s place of work Seaford College where she is a sports coach. The school are very supportive of her latest adventure. Natalie will be travelling to the Nets World Cup in South Africa in August to represent England and she could not be more proud or excited.
Nets is a completely netted indoor netball court, so you literally zip in and zip out. The enclosed area means that the ball is never out of play, so the game is very fast and relentless. There are only three courts available in England, (Birmingham/Bristol/Derby), so Natalie trains in Birmingham.
When Natalie was selected for the team there was the initial jubilation and then the reality of the expense. Fundraising alongside your training can be exhausting and mentally and physically draining.
Natalie reached out using LinkedIn and found several companies interested in sponsoring her journey. The one that felt right was Ben Hanny at The Furniture Union. The two don’t seem the most obvious link, however Natalie recognised in Ben the same passion to be successful. Her overall feeling was that Ben and the company would be supportive.
The two are coming together on Friday for a presentation of the cheque for Natalie’s sponsorship. The evening is going to reflect the shared values of both and will be a mutually beneficial journey together.
Natalie’s drive is to be the best person you can be
The Furniture Union is passionate about providing the best design solutions
Natalie found it really hard to find the sponsorship however the determination was built on the fact her success and effectiveness depended on it.
The Furniture Union are determined to support Natalie’s journey to the World Cup in the same way they do with their clients
There are 12 in the Nets team. Natalie is the Co-Captain a shared responsibility due to the gruelling nature of the tournament. The team are away for 2 weeks and training and playing everyday. The two Captains compliment each other and support each other.
The Furniture Union operate as one team, although they have many different skills, so it is imperative that they work together to achieve the best design solution.
Natalie leads by example, always works really hard and never gives up. She has a really positive disposition and is a good motivator.
Bella & Ben the Leaders at The Furniture Union work hard and never give up on the right solution for a client and it is their job to motivate the team.
Sponsorship is so much more than just a helping hand, you need to connect the two entities and share values and working practices. There is so much to be learnt by both and we intend at nuggets to work with Natalie and the The Furniture Union to bring the shared learning together.