Wharfers are getting that back to school feeling by donning bright bibs and taking to the netball court.
Go Mammoth prides itself on friendly sporting sessions and its seasonal leagues at nearby Canada Water are proving popular with working women.
Go Mammoth netball league manager Rose Martin said the 45-minute matches combined friendly competitiveness with a camaraderie.
She said: “You go to school, leave, maybe go to university and that’s it for team sports – unless you have a kick around in the park.
“Netball needs a bit more structure – and equipment – but our teams say they can’t believe they’re having so much fun doing something they didn’t think they would ever go back to.
“Often, they don’t know something like this was available. It’s just turning up and playing and committing to training, say on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday and then a match on the Saturday – it’s not going to take up your life.
“For a lot of companies in Canary Wharf, the last thing they want to do is organise an activity – we take the stress away and do it for them.”
The Canada Water league has adopted a recreational standard, which means competitors can pick up a ball for the first time or resume a favoured position.
Rose admits a competitive streak – particularly among Wharfers – will always feature.
“We do have prizes at the end of the season but we don’t make that the priority,” she said
“We’re a social sports club. The first match of can be a bit daunting but it’s quickly washed away – we make sure everyone feels welcome.”
The spring fixture list at Bacons College, one stop from the Wharf on the Jubilee Line, begins in May. Team registration for the eight-week season costs £450, with individual places at £65. Canada Water sessions for nine teams run every Tuesday, at Bacons College in Timber Pond Road, from 6.30pm.
Go to gomammoth.co.uk .