wedNEWSday: Anniversary Walking Netball Festival

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Anniversary Walking Netball Festival

Last Saturday 103 participants took part in a Walking Netball Festival at Dorcan Domes in Wiltshire.

Six teams entered the festival; two from Swindon, one from Dursley, Weston-Super-Mare, and Highworth, and a combined squad from Reading, Abingdon, Lambourn and Cirencester.

The Festival was won by the 479ers, one of the two Swindon based teams.

Mo Squires, Swindon Netball Development Officer, launched the first weekly Walking Netball session at Dorcan on 11th August 2015 so this Festival was organised to celebrate the second anniversary of Walking Netball in Swindon.

Mo took this opportunity to raise some money for the Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal (Swindonians need to raise £2.9million towards the cost of building a radiotherapy unit in the town), and an incredible £918.40 was raised on the day.

It is hoped this Festival will be an annual event to continue to celebrate the success of Walking Netball in the local area.

Walking Netball is happing every day in and across Swindon, with the except of Saturday. Contact Wiltshire NDO (Emily Harrison) for more information Emily.harrison@englandnetball.co.uk

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wedNEWSday: Walk of the Town

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Walk of the town

Through an Active Ageing Forum that Active Gloucestershire ran earlier this year, the University of The Third Age caught wind of Walking Netball and wanted to know more, and pronto!

Only a matter of months later, a six week trial block has recently concluded with an average of 24 ladies turning up weekly. This weekend the group have entered into a Walking Netball Festival in Wiltshire and, through minimal persuasion, the assigned Walking Netball Host is continuing to the end of this month, with a handover coach ready to take the reigns in September.

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wedNEWSday: It’s one big Netball Party

Each week we will bring you a good news story from across the South West on wedNEWSday! Due to some technical issues this week wedNEWSday is late so for one week only, thursNEWSday is here (don’t worry, we will be back to normal next week!)

It’s one big Netball Party

For the third year running, King Edwards School in Bath played host to another successful Netball Youth Camp last week. The sold out camp saw 33 enthusiastic netballers (aged 11-16 years) take to court and take part in sessions focused on attack, ball handling, defending, creating space, through court play and even video analysis and umpiring basics!

Day 1 was all about getting to know one another and team building skills, before cramming in sessions on ball handling, passing and ways to get free – with some seriously good reverse pivots on show! England U21 and Team Bath player, Paige Reed, made an appearance in the afternoon and not only treated the girls to a mini shooting masterclass, but also gave the players a great insight into her netball journey and what she gets up to on/off the court.

After an Aerobics warm up on Day 2, the camp’s focus turned to skills challenges against the clock and defending skills before taking on the Crazy Catches after lunch. The day finished off with a coaches’ and players’ favourite – 3 way bench ball (which is as manic, and awesome, as it sounds!) – even the coaches couldn’t resist joining in, in the last game of the day (much to the parents’ amusement!).

Building on the previous day’s success, Day 3 kicked off with 4 way bench ball (even more fun!) and then moved on to several tactics’ sessions on through court play, creating space and even a video analysis session looking at centre passes and backline passes. Then down to the real business of the day…the camp tournament. After some extremely close matches, final standings where added to the lunch time quiz scores and the “Smurfs” were crowed the 2017 Bath NYC winners!!

A huge thank you goes to this year’s coaching team – Nic Humphrys, Amy Wiltshire and Emily Harrison – who planned/delivered some fantastic sessions. It’s fair to say everyone involved in this year’s camp, both players and coaches, had a brilliant 3 days, learnt a lot and made some great netball friends. We are already counting down the days to Bath NYC 2018!!

If you would like to register your details for next summer’s camp and other England Netball camps in the Bath area, please contact Emily.Harrison@englandnetball.co.uk

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