Knights, the only men's netball team in the UK, appoint female head coach
The UK’s only male netball team, London-based Knights, have announced Tallisa Haynes as their first female head coach.
Haynes has coached Surrey Storm’s Netball Performance League and Under-19 teams. She has also coached netball in education at Brunel University London and St George’s College.
During her playing career she represented Loughborough Lightning, Saracens Mavericks and Storm.
On her new role, Haynes said: “I was obviously ecstatic to be approached and be asked to take on the men’s side. It’s a fantastic opportunity.
“For me, it's about bringing the seven men who are on court acting together and bringing them structure.”
Knights were established in April 2018. They have played matches against several of the women teams in the Superleague including Team Bath and Wasps.
Haynes added: “I think that is the biggest thing which is noticeable when they go up against the female teams is that the guys at the moment don’t have that structure on court. They are fantastically talented but haven't got that inside knowledge on the game itself.
“Hopefully with the experience I’ve got we can start being a pushing force and actually show the netball world what the men are capable of.”
Knights will be flying to the Netherlands to play their first official game against another male team. They will play a round-robin with the Amsterdam Men’s Team tomorrow.