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Browne Craine support Island Squad Player

Bayleigh Mitchell and Lynsey Smith

Browne Craine & Co (“Browne Craine”) is proud to be supporting Bayleigh Mitchell who has recently been called up to the Isle of Man’s Netball Island Squad. Each player has been asked to seek sponsorship support which will help contribute towards their netball tours and kit.

“I’m so pleased to be on the Island team, I love playing netball so it’s a big honour to play for the Island,” said Bayleigh. “As the squad is still fairly new, we haven’t had many opportunities to go on tour yet but I have been on one tour which was a really good experience for me. I’m training really hard as I would love to be selected to play in the other tours.”

Bayleigh first started playing netball in her first year at secondary school when she joined Castle Rushen High School and quickly developed a passion for playing the sport. She decided to join her local club and soon became a vital player on their junior team. Since then, Bayleigh has moved into the senior team and has been playing for Simcocks Eagles for the last eight years.

In September 2017, Bayleigh was selected for the Isle of Man’s U21 Long Squad after a full day of trials to join the team. She has worked hard and has since been asked to join the senior team. Training is every Saturday, come rain or shine, and outside of squad training, Bayleigh and the other players are encouraged to maintain their own fitness, as well as being asked to attend club training twice a week.

The Island squad are currently training hard and working towards two major netball events: The Netball European Open Challenge which is being held in the Isle of Man in May 2019, and the Inaugural North American Netball Cup which is being held in Florida in August 2019. There are also plans to play matches nationally and internationally.

During the working day, Bayleigh is a trainee accountant at Browne Craine. Having worked at the firm since August 2017, she has become an essential part of the accounts team.

“Congratulations to Bayleigh for being selected to play in the Island squad, it’s a fantastic achievement,” said Lynsey Smith, director at Browne Craine. “Bayleigh is a really hard worker both in and outside of work; she always puts everything into what’s she doing. When you’re studying, working and doing extra curricula activities, it can be a bit of a juggling act. We try and be as supportive as possible to our staff as we feel it’s important to have a good work-life balance. Good luck Bayleigh!”

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