wedNEWSday: Squire’s Junior Netball Tournament

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Squire’s Junior Netball Tournament

On Saturday 17th June teams from all over the South West took part in Swindon’s Squires Junior Netball Tournament to raise funds for The Alzheimers Society. This was the 5th Squires Tournament and each year a different charity is chosen, the day was a huge success and raised a massive £3300 for The Alzheimers Society. This means that the club have now raised nearly £14000 for charities through their Squires Tournament since 2013.

The event took place at the Dorcan Dome and was organised by Raychem but the day run by volunteers from Raychem and the Swindon Netball community. The tournament attracted teams from Swindon, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Devon, Exeter, Salisbury and Southampton.

Three competitions ran on the day with teams competing in the under 12, under 14 and under 16 age groups.

Lawn took victory in the under 12 event, beating Raychem in the final.

In the under 14 competition, Southampton side Swan Rubies came out on top with Raychem again occupying the runners up spot.

Lawn took victory in the under 16 category as they beat Cirencester in the final.

Swindon’s England Under 21 international star Shona O’Dwyer presented the medals and trophies.

Several businesses sponsored the event including Monarch Roofing, T H Burroughs, Helen Browning Chop House, Wilson Tool, ASAP Personal Couriers, St James Place and Boswells.

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wedNEWSday: Inclusion club run super successful Festival

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Inclusion club run super successful Festival

Mo Squires, Swindon NDO, and several others organised a mini-tournament at the end of last month for Swindon Vixens (now an England Netball Core Inclusion club). Due to England Netball changing the date of the Marion Smith tournament, the Swindon Vixens were no longer able to attend the event so the volunteers decided to organise a local opportunity for them. They invited players from the local Swindon netball community to come and play the Swindon Vixens.

Annie, a player from Swindon Vixens, reflects on the event and comments:

“What an absolutely awesome night! The Vixens and events like this are truly ground breaking. If there was just one person there who had never spent time with somebody with a learning disability before – and now they know that people with learning disabilities are just the same as everybody else…they want to live a normal life where they ‘fit in’ –  then the festival has made a massive difference.”

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wedNEWSday: Walking Netballers Race for Life

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Walking Netballers Race for Life

On Wednesday 28th June, ten Walking Netballers took part in the Race for Life event on the seafront in Weston-Super-Mare. They all wore their Walking Netball “Trailblazers” T-shirts and passed a ball whilst taking part!

They hoped that they would not only be raising money for a really good cause, they would also be able to promote the sport at the same time. All was going well until the ball ended up going over the sea wall – luckily it was retrieved without anyone getting wet!

The ladies had a great time, and certainly caught the attention of lots of participants, spectators and organisers as well as getting several mentions over the loud speakers too.

The group play every Thursday 1-2pm at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre and new members are always welcome. Sessions will be running until the end of July when the group will be taking the summer off before re-grouping in September.

Please contact Angela @angelabass1010 for more info.

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wedNEWSday: Unmissable summer activity in Devon

Unmissable summer activity in Devon

Netball Youth Camps give junior players the chance to get together with their friends and take to the court in the holidays. The camps are running national wide for three or five days, catering for girls between the ages of 9 and 16. There will be plenty of fun, skills and match play as our coaches give expert tips to help improve play.

The camps are non-residential holiday camps providing ‘nothing but netball’; not only will there be top quality coaching and fun netball activities but there is even an opportunity to meet and be inspired by an elite player.

If you are a junior netball lover (or the parent of one!) these are an unmissable holiday activity. In the south west there is a camp for 9 to 11 year olds at Paignton Community and Sports Academy next month. Australian netball superstar and England Roses player Chelsea Pittman will be visiting the camp, the first of its kind in the Torbay area.

For more information, please contact devon@englandnetball.co.uk

Don’t delay, book today!

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RL3 South Play-Offs

The last two places in the new Regional League Division 3 South were filled after the three-way play-off held on Sunday 2nd July at the University of Exeter Sports Park. Penzance, Vivary and Teignbridge Titans had each come third in their respective county competitions and were now vying for a regional league place.

Teignbridge Titans won both their matches, leaving Penzance and Vivary to play off in the final match for the last place in the league. Vivary were too strong for Penzance who had just narrowly lost their match against Titans.

Teignbridge Titans (East Devon) and Vivary (Somerset) will now join Saints and Storm (Cornwall), Exeter and Titans (East Devon), Hoilday Inn and Plymstock (West Devon), Tor Knights and Sydenham Gems (Somerset), in the inaugural season of RL3 South.

A huge thanks go to Debbie Ashworth and her team of umpires, Saira O’Dwyer, Janko Salzwedel and Sadie White, and to Jean Davies for her technical support on the day.

Match results:

Teignbridge Titans 34 Vivary 20

Teignbridge Titans 27 Penzance 26

Penzance 24 Vivary 35

We look forward to seeing all these teams on court next season!

Teignbridge Titans, promoted to RL3 South

Vivary, promoted to RL3 South