Captain’s Column: ‘Huge honour’ to help raise funds in memory of Tyler Stevens

PUBLISHED: 11:06 15 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:06 15 April 2016

Layla Guscoth

Layla Guscoth


You would think hitting the top spot of the Vitality Netball Superleague would have been the highlight for Hertfordshire Mavericks’ captain Layla Guscoth but you would be mistaken as she explains in her weekly column.

This week we temporarily moved to the top of the SuperLeague following a win against Yorkshire Jets.

We were all happy with the performance and delighted with our position. But strangely enough this was not the best part of the evening for me because after the match, I was lucky enough to meet a couple who are doing amazing things in memory of their son, Tyler.

Stephen and Becki are the founders of the Remember Tyler Stevens Foundation, a charity they founded after the tragic loss of their son due to sepsis. I cannot imagine what they have been through and I am in awe of their strength.

Having worked in many paediatric departments over the course of my training I am aware of the tragic loss many parents suffer and despite that I still cannot imagine what they must have been through and I am in awe of their strength and partnership. In just a few short months they have raised over £7,500 for Great Ormond Street Hospital which is an amazing achievement.

Jets captain Stacey Francis and I met them after the match to chat and present them with signed items from both teams to auction off at their charity ball later this year.

It was a huge honour to talk to them and we hope that in this small way we can help them to raise even more money in Tyler’s memory.

If anyone is interested in finding out more about this family or in donating money you can find them on Twitter @remember_tyler

The second thing that caught my eye this week was the great work of our so called “Baby Mavs”. Our U13, U15 and U17 development squads travelled up to Loughborough to take on teams from Loughborough Lightning and Manchester Thunder.

We were able to put out two teams in each age group and they all had a fantastic day. They learnt a huge amount being there and I am delighted that they came home having won all three age groups. Well done to all of the girls – we look forward to seeing them in our youth and SuperLeague teams of the future!

Having had our last netball free weekend of the season, we now face an onslaught of games, a few more rounds of the domestic season followed by semis and(hopefully) the final! I cannot wait to report back to you next week after hopefully our next home win.


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