Netball South West President

Netball South West are delighted to announce the appointment of Denise May MBE as NSW President.

Denise has a lifelong passion for netball, firstly playing for Lancashire County and the north of England and then representing the South of England for 12 years and being a part of the first senior Cornwall County squad. In addition to this Denise has been a Junior County netball coach and set up and ran Bude Junior Netball Club.

Denise set up her own charity, Community Action Through Sport, which recognised, promoted and rewarded young people for making a positive contribution to their own communities and were awarded numerous national accolades for its work.

2007 saw the first visit to Ethiopia leading to the introduction and vision of netball and its development as a national sport. Denise worked tirelessly with contacts in Ethiopia to further these aspirations. This led to strong links with Netball South West in their invaluable support through funding, resources and sharing the passion for netball development in Ethiopia. After numerous trips to Ethiopia and the continued support of Netball South West, Netball has now been recognised by the Ethiopian Government and is now receiving development funding.

Denise was awarded an MBE for services to education and sport in 2010 and in 2012 she carried the Olympic torch on the very first day the flame arrived in the UK.

On her appointment, Denise said that she was honoured to be asked to be President and would be delighted to represent Netball South West in the future.

Denise May MBE

wedNEWSday: Cornwall’s Newest Club Receive Warm Welcome From Netball Community

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Cornwall’s Newest Club Receive Warm Welcome From Netball Community

Crofty NC have recently become Cornwall’s newest club and have found the journey to be a warm and welcoming one. The ladies had attended a Back to Netball programme and were keen to continue to play together so carried on meeting weekly at a local primary school during the summer, with a view to get everything in place to register as a new club at the start of the winter season.

Since going it alone, they have been supported by the County Netball Association and County Netball Development Officer. Their sessions have been regularly well attended and the group have gone from strength to strength. Crofty NC are now an affiliated club, have recently entered a team in Cornwall’s Social League and have also attracted interest from the local netballing community.

Having just updated their club kit, Falmouth NC were keen to put their previous match wear to good use so they kindly donated it to Crofty. Jo Curnow was delighted to receive the offer of kit saying that they were ”very excited! It’ll really help us feel like a team”. Rowan Blewett, represented Falmouth NC in hand delivering the dresses and bibs to Crofty NC and noted that the club were “really pleased to be able to help a local start up club and provide them with one less thing to think about”. Jo confirmed that the club had also received an equipment donation from former club, Hayle NC. She added that “it’s really showing us the best side of the Cornish Netball community. Such a feel good story so far!”.

Crofty continue to get together weekly and look forward to their first league match at the start of January.

Rowan Blewett of Falmouth NC handing over the kit to Crofty NC

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