SSS Netball Club
Splott SuperStars Netball Club is women's netball group for refugees and asylum seekers, having arrived in Cardiff after fleeing violence, abuse, poverty and famine.
Many of the players have traumatic stories to tell, but the netball club provides them with a women's sports group in which to have fun, play sport and make lasting friendships.
Founded in 2017, the club has brought together women from 12 different nations in sport, camaraderie and friendship.
The donation from Boudavida will ensure the club can continue to run by funding hall hire, netball equipment and sports kit.
10 Minutes with Splott SuperStars
Please could you provide us with a quick description of what the Splott SuperStars netball club is?
Not your typical netball club, all of our members are refugees and asylum seekers, having arrived in Cardiff after fleeing violence, abuse, poverty and famine. One of our players walked for seven months to escape Syria. Two other players are from opposing countries at war. Others have escaped forced marriage, trafficking and corruption. All of them have suffered unimaginable trauma. Since the club began three years ago, women and girls from 12 different nations have come together to play netball and find friendship. Our priority is to empower these women in safe, fun sessions that provide them with hope.
The past few months and lockdown period have been an unusual time for everyone, but have you managed to stay in touch with the group digitally?
We held regular meetings every week via Zoom during lockdown. We also check in on team members via WhatsApp every few days or so.
What do you think the greatest success for the group has been so far?
There are so many, but to list a few, we had a young player who was severely depressed - she is doing great now thanks to the group. Another one of our ladies has just been accepted onto a college course and finally feels like she is getting her life back.
A few players have quite severe anxiety, but at our training sessions they laugh for the whole hour and say they sleep well that evening. It makes a huge difference.
It's really rewarding to see the unwavering bond grow in players from all different nationalities and who have experienced significant trauma.
What has been the biggest challenge you have had to overcome?
We sometimes struggle with language barriers. We tend to use a lot of emojis and visual signs, although this has been a lot harder on Zoom video calls than in the practical sessions.
What are your goals and ambitions for the Splott SuperStars?
We would just like to continue to help vulnerable women and their families through the medium of sport.