#wedNEWSday – Coaches have their say in Gloucestershire

Each week we bring you a good news story from across the South West as part of our wedNEWSday articles. Make sure you check out our website each week to keep up to date and if you have a great story let us know using the details below!

The newly appointed Gloucestershire Netball Coaching Secretary and NDO (Rachel Bussey) facilitated the county’s first Coaching Forum last night.  Just shy of 20 coaches from across the county attended an informative evening.  Funding sources, UKCC pathway, coaches needs and offers were among the topics discussed and we have some clear action plans to take away and implement.

We are going to make it a biannual event and hope for increased attendance next time from a more varied selection of clubs and schools.  Stella, the Coaching Secretary, has taken a copy of all the notes taken and will be circulating them in due course to all those who attended.

Any coaches who missed it are welcome to the information too – please drop Stella a note (stella.benhania@glos-netball.org.uk).

Each week we will be updating you on a good news story from the South West as part of our new wedNEWSday articles. If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to Laura Woodruff (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)

#wedNEWSday – Netball goes further than Court and Country

Three intrepid South West Volunteers are heading off to Kenya and Uganda this summer with the Netball Development Trust (NDT). They will spend three weeks in the countries, coaching over 1000 school children and supporting sexual health lessons and menstrual health lessons. The NDT Volunteers will also be handing out donated kit and sanitary products to schools. The volunteers heading out from the South West are Jenny Kelly- coach and the Devon NDO, Lili John- walking netball host from Totnes, Katrina Venner -teacher, coach and umpire from North Devon.

If you would like to find out more about the Trust’s work please see http://www.netballtrust.co.uk/  Twitter @netballtrust https://www.facebook.com/netballdevelopmenttrust

Picture above taken at a recent tour meeting left to right – Monica Thandi (NDT founder and trustee) Suphena (NDT Volunteer) , Hayley (NDT Volunteer), Jenny Kelly (Devon NDO), Lili John (Totnes Walking Netball host), Julie Smith (NDT founder and trustee)

To donate to the NDT or to one of the SW volunteers pages, please see the below links:

https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/netballdevelopmenttrust

https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/jenniferkelly1

https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/lilijohn-uganda

Each week we will be updating you on a good news story from the South West as part of our new wedNEWSday articles. If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to Laura Woodruff (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)

#wedNEWSday – Squires Tournament 2018 Raising Money for Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal – Supporting Bristol Children’s Hospital.

On Saturday 9th June, Raychem Netball Club hosted their 5th Squires Charity Netball Tournament at Dorcan Recreation Complex.  Mo Squires is the Chair and founder of Raychem Netball Club and in 2013 wanted to do something in memory of her parents. The Squires tournament was born, and the first year raised money for The Prospect Hospice.

Since 2013 the Squires Tournaments have raised over £20,000 for different charities. Each year the Club choose a charity that is close to their hearts and this year it was an easy choice.

In 2017 one of Raychem’s players, Dawn Greenberg gave birth to a little girl, Emmie. Emmie was born with Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA), where in basic terms her heart was plumbed wrong, with her aorta and pulmonary arteries being the wrong way around. Emmie was taken to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Bristol Children’s Hospital a few hours after birth. In total she was there 4 months, 3 of these on life support. The staff in PICU saved her life and Dawn and her family will always be grateful to them.

The tournament attracted 35 junior teams from across the UK and even had two teams travel from Jersey to take part.  This is a massive tournament to organise and can only be achieved with the fantastic help of staff at Dorcan Recreation Complex & Dorcan Academy together with members of Raychem NC and the Swindon Netball Community.  Over 30 volunteers made this a huge success.

Dawn and her partner Gareth also organised a mixed netball tournament in May of this year (with help from Raychem NC members) and raised £1900 for the charity and the Squires tournament raised a whopping £3546 which means a total of £5446 will be donated by Dawn and Gareth to the charity.

The winners of the tournaments were:

U12 Winners: Swan Coral (Southampton)   Runners Up: Newbury Blue

U14 Winners: Lawn (Swindon)                     Runners Up: Warriors (Devon)

U16 Winners: Raychem Roses (Swindon)  Runners Up: Swan Pearls (Southampton)

The tournament attracted some great sponsorship from local companies, sponsoring courts and supplying food for the BBQ, Raychem would like to say a massive thank you to:

ASAP Delivery, Anything Stone, Wilson Tool, Eames Laurie Financial Services, D Hibbert Plastering, Stanwells, Your Logo, Bobby’s Fish and Chip shop, Helen Browning Chop House and Lovington’s Ice Cream.

From Left to right Emmie, Gareth, Freddie and Dawn

Each week we will be updating you on a good news story from the South West as part of our new wedNEWSday articles. If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to Laura Woodruff (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)