wedNEWSday: Honiton NC support Netball Development Trust

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Honiton NC support Netball Development Trust

Honiton Netball Club (Devon) held a tournament to raise funds for the Netball Development Trust (NDT) sanitary pad appeal. Girls in Kenya are likely to miss four school days a month because of their periods. Without hygienic sanitary pads, many are forced not to go to school and will miss out on playing netball.

​NDT are supporting the Kenyan project to buy sanitary pads for the girls in their programme to make their lives easier, healthier and happier. They aim to raise a minimum of £2500 which will help at least 240 of the netball girls and 16 female coaches to keep playing and training effectively. The money will allow them to give each girl a packet of pads per month.

20 teams from the local league participated in a fun filled event which raised £215 for the appeal. They also arranged a bra collection for bras that were still in good condition to be taken by the NDT when they next go on tour, to give to young girls and women they work with (they collected 178 in total!).

To learn more about this scheme, and/or donate, please visit:

http://www.netballtrust.co.uk/

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wedNEWSday – Who’s who?

Each week we bring you a good news story from across the South West as part of our wedNEWSday articles. However this week is slightly different, as part of our ‘Who’s Who’ campaign we are going to be highlighting the huge volume of people that are involved in netball in the South West. This week is the turn of Netball South West’s Regional Chair – Karen Jones!

Karen Jones

When and where did your netball start?

I started playing when I went to secondary school, Plymouth High School, and loved it straight away.

Why did you chose your specific discipline?

We had a great PE teacher who took us to the nationals at U14, U16 and U19 and as the team stayed mostly the same for all that time we just loved the travel, tournaments and social side. I also loved winning.

Who has influenced you most in your netball journey? 

Apart from at school, my umpiring has to have been influenced mostly by Sheelagh Redpath like most umpires of my generation and for my NSW board role it would be Heather Crouch, without who’s support and guidance I wouldn’t be the NSW chair.

Why do you love netball so much?

A question I ask myself all the time! More than anything I love the people, I have known some for over 30 years and they’re like a second family

How many hours a week are you involved in all things netball?

Umpiring wise, whether that’s actually umpiring, mentoring, tutoring or assessing it’s on average 6-7 hours a week. My regional chair’s role is probably more demanding, maybe 9-10 hours a week.

What’s your favourite thing about the sport and why?

Apart from the people I love the fact that it’s a game that offers something to all women and girls whether that’s an opportunity to play for your country or an activity that keeps you active, healthy and in touch.

What’s your netball USP (unique selling point)?

No idea. Probably my passion for the game

What’s your greatest achievement in the sport?

What’s brought me the most pleasure and caused me to lose the most sleep would be umpiring some great matches in front of large crowds. So Team Bath v Wales, England Seniors (even if it was a training session), Prem 1 and the trips to Dubai and Bahrain.

If you could change one thing about netball, what would it be and why?

It would have to be the recognition/inward investment to put it on an equal footing in the UK with male dominated sports

Tell us one non-netball fact about yourself

I still have the teddy bear I took to Singapore with me aged 2 – he’s called Timothy Augustus Shankles (what kid makes up a name like that for a bear?)

Sum up netball in seven words

Fun

Friendship

Competitive

Inclusive

Exciting

Developing

Draining

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Defensive Masterclass with Maggie Jackson

Exeter Netball club are offering a fantastic opportunity to have a defensive masterclass with Former Mavericks and England Assistant coach Maggie Jackson.

The workshop will include a session in the training room with video analysis and then a court session with local regional standard players from 8-10pm

Resources and tea and coffee will be provided.

Location: University of Exeter, Sports Park, Streatham Campus, Stocker Road EX4 4QN

Date: Friday 1st December 2017

Time: 6.30pm – 10.00pm

Cost: Affiliated Members £40  /  Non Affiliated members £45

Please note full payment is required to book your place, all places are on first come first served basis.

Payment details:  Payable by cheque to Exeter Netball Club and sent along with the booking form to the following address:

Mrs Denise Ellis

Lower Collishayes

Bickleigh

Devon

EX 16 8RJ

Download your booking form here!

wedNEWSday: The Impact of Walking Netball

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The Impact of Walking Netball

Walking Netball is really making an impact! Not only is it offering women across the region a chance to pick up a ball and take to court again but it is also helping to improve their health and social wellbeing.

None more so than Jude Hollister from Wiltshire who recently took to the court for her first Walking Netball sessions.

Jude has always had a love of netball – she has played for Pinehurst netball club, played for and coached the Wiltshire Senior squad and delivered netball to countless numbers of pupils during her career at a local school. She represented the South of England during matches against international teams and even hosted players from Australia and Trinidad and Tobago at her house while they were on tour.

Unfortunately Jude now suffers with dementia and apart from walking the dog did not get out of the house very often. However, after months of persuasion from Swindon Netball Development Officer and friend, Mo Squires, Jude recently took her first steps back on court by attending a Walking Netball session at the Haydon Centre in Swindon.

Jude rolled back the years and her performance on the court was amazing. Her throwing and catching were brilliant but it was her movement and knowledge of the game that impressed the most. She had no difficulty getting free from an opponent and despite having two knee replacements she naturally made her way to the edge of the D – even calling for the ball and supporting team mates without any prompting.

In the same session there was also Brenda, who suffers from anxiety and depression, and Lucy who is extremely shy, suffers from sciatica and seldom smiles. Thanks to the patience of all the Walking Netball participants and the host the session was totally inclusive and a lot of fun!

Jude and Lucy have both returned for more Walking Netball sessions and the group have also managed to get Lucy smiling….. a lot!! In addition to Walking Netball, Jude has even ventured out to watch Pinehurst Netball Club in one of their Regional League 2 fixtures.

Now Jude can’t wait for each Wednesday afternoon when she heads back to the Haydon Centre and says that she thoroughly enjoys Walking Netball and she will be coming back every week.

Emily Harrison, Avon and Wiltshire’s Netball Development Officer from England Netball said “As we all get older, staying active and keeping fit becomes a vital part of making sure we can not only manage everyday life, but helps us to ensure that we are living a better quality of life too. Walking Netball is totally accessible to all ages and abilities and is perfect for anyone who wants a fun way to get out of the house and get some gentle exercise.”

“Ladies have been attending our sessions for all types of reasons, and one of the reasons they keep returning is the camaraderie and social networks that are built at our sessions. Every session I have visited has been full of chatter and laughter – both of which makes exercise much easier to commit to!”

“Stories like Jude’s really highlight the benefits and the impact that Walking Netball can have on an individuals’ wellbeing and their day to day life. I’m so pleased she has been able to find a way to get back on court and back in touch with her netball family!”

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wedNEWSday: Walk of the town

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Walk of the town

During an Active Ageing Forum hosted by Active Gloucestershire, the Gloucestershire NDO connected with the University of the Third Age (Cirencester) Chairman, Liz Dancer.

Liz was brimming with enthusiasm for Walking Netball and thought it would work really well with her members.  After some initial conversations, we set up a pilot six week programme with a neighbouring NDO who was available to host the sessions.

Week one arrived and we had a phenomenal 22 ladies turn up!  Four months on, weekly sessions have continued and the ladies have even progressed to also running two sessions per month at the local leisure centre with a full sized netball court.

At the end of the summer they entered a local Walking Netball Festival which they thoroughly enjoyed and got a real taste of competition.

Three ladies are all set to go on a Walking Netball Training course to ensure the sustainability of the club.  They have secured funding from the Phoenix Group to go towards their host training costs.

Cirencester U3A really are the walk of the town.

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wedNEWSday: South West Umpires Rule – it’s Official!

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South West Umpires Rule – it’s Official!

This week the region have received the excellent news that no less than 5 of our officials have been named to umpired in the Vitality Netball Super Leagues in 2018.

Adele Venner, Nicky Shard-Palmer, Claire Daly and Julia Harvey have been named in the long squads of Officials to be considered for the 2018 U19 and U21 Vitality Netball Superleague competitions. The final selections will be made in mid-November so we wish all three officials the best of luck.

James Thomas has been confirmed in the final group of umpires who will officiate in the Vitality Netball Superleague 2018. James’ selection was based on match assessment data from England Netball leagues and Competitions as well as International matches. James will now take part in a performance camp in early January before the season starts in February.

Commenting on his selection James Thomas said “I am delighted to be selected again. Being part of such a prestigious competition is a great honour and I’m looking forward to the challenge of allowing the players to showcase their talents to the fullest”.

The Vitality Netball Superleague will run concurrently with the U21 and U19 leagues which will provide a better opportunity for an interchange of umpires between these competitions. Superleague Assessors will be on hand to provide support and feedback to all umpires to ensure a consistently high standard of performance.

A huge congratulations to Adele, Nicky, Calire, Julia and James on their selections and we wish them the best of luck throughout the 2018 Vitality Netball Superleague seasons.

James Thomas has been named as an umpire for the VNSL 2018

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