#wedNEWSday – Dorset trio selected for Team Bath programme

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Three Dorset based players have been contracted to train as part of ‘Team Bath Futures’ Programme”. Jaimee Browne, Jessamy Baker and Skyla Erskine, from Weymouth Junior Netball Club endured a rigorous screening process at Exeter University and Team Bath University Sports Village where they proved themselves as potential national athletes amongst over 250 athletes on trial.

Weymouth coach Kelly Browne was quick to recognise their potential and has been nurturing their talent for the past three years.

She said: “Each one of the players has the natural physical make-up so often needed to trigger the skill required for elite sport. Couple this with their determination to develop and you have the formula to tap into higher level opportunities.

“Team Bath Netball have a long-standing history of developing young netballers into Superleague and international players and those in charge at Team Bath confirm their unwavering commitment to helping people achieve their full potential.

“The players will train within the Netball Futures Pathway, ensuring that talented netballers from across the south west get access to the Blue and Gold family and learn from the outstanding coaches.”

Netball Dorset director of performance, Linda Cutler congratulated the past county players on securing places at the Team Bath Netball Hub at Bryanston School and to be coached by former Team Bath stalwart and England International Jo Vann, enabling local players to feature within the national framework on a weekly basis.

Jaimee, Jessamy and Skyla will be housed within the Dorset Hub (one of four across the region), which will deliver top-class coaching plus lifestyle and sports science support to the 20 players aged 14-21 chosen at each hub from across the south west region.

To kick-start them in readiness for their start, Nick Bell from New Body Fitness, a gym already sponsoring local netball, has jumped at the chance to widen his support to these talented players by providing them with gym membership and conditioning advice.

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South West Netball Volunteers – Making a difference through Netball

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South West volunteers Jenny Kelly, Lili John and Katrina Venner travelled to Uganda on 26th July, with 9 other volunteers working with the Netball Development Trust. Jenny and Katrina were part of the group which traveled to Bungoma in Kenya and Lili went with the other half of the group to Fort Portal in Uganda.

Each group spent a week delivering netball to local primary schools culminating in a tournament on the Friday. The Kenya group also delivered sanitary pads to schools who are part of the programme, the Fort Portal group delivered training to local volunteers so they can continue to deliver netball in the community. The groups then reconvened in Jinja, Uganda for the second week, delivering to rural schools in the morning and city schools in the afternoon with a tournament at the end of the week.

Alongside this they delivered sessions on menstrual health awareness with local charity X-SUBA. The final few days were in a suburb of Kampala called Mukono, there they worked with local partner organisation Kip Livin On. They visited schools to deliver fun netball sessions, delivered a menstrual health session and ran a tournament. Throughout the week they were accompanied by young volunteers and local coaches who learned a lot from working with the group.

Over 23 days, 4 countries, 1000 children coached and 30+ local volunteers trained, they never stopped smiling.

To find out more about the trust http://www.netballtrust.co.uk/

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#wedNEWSday – Pre-Season Tournament was a hit

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This year’s preseason NSW Regional League tournament, played at Exeter University, was bigger than ever with 20 teams entered from across the four divisions, including six teams from the most recently formed of the divisions, Div 3 South.

Although billed as a friendly tournament the short-form matches were very competitive. Two of the quarter final matches had to be decided on golden goal after finishing level at the final whistle – Galmington beat Titans Thunder 10-9 and Saints managed to just hold off Premier Romans by 16-15.

 The format of the day’s play was almost as complicated as the new Nations Cup in football – the first stage was a round-robin with teams playing each other in their groups of five.  The top two in each group then proceeded to the quarter finals. From this stage on each losing team went into a play-off for position. The 3rd, 4th and 5th placed in the round robin stages then re-formed into groups to play each other to determine the positions 9-12,13-16 and 17-20.

The 3rd/4th play-offs between the losing semi-finalists resulted in a win for Galmington from Div 1, who held off Saints from Div 3S by just two goals.

The final saw a very strong Exeter A squad hold off a determined effort from a young Hucclecote Stars side and finish the day as champions. 

This year we were pleased to announce that there was something left over in the pot to reward the first three teams with a modest financial subsidy.  Next season we are considering sponsorship so if you know of anyone interested or a company who would like to be partnered with this event please contact the Regional Office.

Thanks must go to Team White (the umpires) who were magnificent as always and filled the breach when two of the umpires picked up injuries. We wish them a speedy recovery!

 

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#wedNEWSday – Chudleigh Cannon’s Grow

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Chudleigh Cannons Netball Club have grown into a friendly and inclusive club since they first started out under the back to netball initiative in Torbay in 2013. The club has a wide network of netball family supporting each other in general life as well as on match day! It’s amazing what netball can do for people!

So much so, that recently one of our players, Georgie Knight, got married and in true netball style our wedding gift to her and her husband was a netball, with their names and wedding date on. This just shows what a tight knit community Chudleigh Cannons are.

They met England Rose, Eboni Beckford-Chambers, at an event organised by the Teignmouth Thunderbirds. She was amazing and took them for an hour and a half session where they learnt a lot and are excited to pass on to the rest of the team! ‘It was lovely to get to chat with her after the session and we realised that whatever level of netball you play, you still have that wonderful netball family and break from real life much needed in today’s hectic world’.

They’re also helping one of the girls, Natalie Marsh, to run a charity tournament on 7th October, 10am-3pm in Paignton to raise money for the NICU at Plymouth and Special Care Baby Unit in Torbay. These are charities close to our hearts because Natalie’s son was born prematurely and has ongoing lung problems. The tournament is for mixed ability and gender with the hope of raising the profile of netball in the area as well as raise some money. If you would like to enter a team, then please see the details below:

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