Oldham look to net more success
Monday 30th October 2017 @ 11:46 by Mark Phillip
Oldham Sports

Oldham Netball Club head coach Pam Hazelton is confident of guiding the U14 and U16 squads to national silverware this season.

Having been associated with Oldham for14 years, Pam is hoping that the club can replicate the success of times gone by and embark on another successful season at every age level.

Since taking the role of head coach in 2011, Pam has guided the club to nine national titles at U14 and U16 level.

In May, she was instrumental in helping the U14s to an undefeated season that subsequently produced another title.

Pam donning her Manchester Thunder tracksuit

The 53-year-old, who has played for Shaw Ladies and represented Greater Manchester at U21 and senior level, is hoping that the same dedication will produce the similar results this season.

Speaking to Reporter Sport, Pam said: “I first got involved with Oldham in 2003, when my daughter, Amber, joined the junior club aged 11.

“I then became team manager before Mike Greenwood took me under his wing and helped me qualify as a coach in 2004.

“The club had already won more than 40 national titles by that point, and after Mike’s passing in 2011, I took the roll of head coach.”

Pam had big footsteps to follow in, but with the help of other coaches around her, she has helped the club continue on its upward trajectory.

Praising the efforts of the other coaches, Pam said: “Under the guidance of Debbie Hallas, our Premier Senior team have won the National League One five times, including last season.

“Our Senior Youth also won the North West Premier League last season, and with a great coaching team, including head junior coach Jackie Reid, and senior coach Suzy Chapman, I believe we have a great future ahead of us.

“We have also got eight girls through the England pathway, which is also promising.”

Although Pam is focused on delivering more success to Oldham this season, she will also be busy with another venture.

Last week, she was appointed as the Manchester Thunder U21 assistant coach. Of the appointment, Pam said: “As a director of Manchester Thunder, I’ve been mainly behind the scenes at the club, so this will be the first time that I’ve joined the coaching team and I’m looking forward to the new challenge.”