wedNEWSday: Debbie Ashworth-y of Heather Crouch Award

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Debbie Ashworth-y on Goalden Globe big award

The South West Goalden Globes were held on Sunday 18th June and was an opportunity for us to recognise and thank our volunteers for the huge contribution they make to netball throughout the region. None more so than Debbie Ashworth, not only did Debbie win the Grassroots Officials Award but she also won the Heather Crouch Award. This award is selected from one of the regional Goalden Globe winners and is presented to a person, group or organisation that has made a significant contribution to or had an impact on Netball in the South West and Debbie is definitely worthy of the title.

Debbie is considered to be the umpiring guru of Cornwall. She recently passed her A award at the first attempt, not for her own satisfaction, but so she could bring her learning back to her mentees. Debbie has supported and developed over 50 new umpires, coordinates and mentors umpires at all NSW’s U16 and U14 regional events and frequently goes above and beyond what is required of her. She attends every junior league, is out every night of the week supporting umpires and rose to the challenge of providing umpires for the Regional Schools tournament. Debbie is encouraging and supportive in her approach, giving her trainees confidence and setting high standards to ensure they pass their assessment with ease.  Since she has become involved she has moved officiating in Cornwall from not having a sufficient umpire base to not having enough top level games to support the ever increasing demand for umpires she has developed. She continually inspires more people to get involved and will always give up a great game for herself to give one of her mentees the experience they need. Debbie is always prepared to help and assist umpires and teams, not just in Cornwall but within the South West region, regularly supplying umpires for regional matches if clubs are struggling and supporting any umpire who may be working towards their next award but does not have a mentor with them.

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South West Goalden Globe Awards 2017

The South West Regional Goalden Globe Awards 2017 were held at Somerset County Cricket Club on Sunday 18th June to celebrate the hard work and contribution of coaches, umpires, administrators and all other volunteers across the region. We were also lucky enough to enjoy two key note speeches from Jess Thirlby (Team Bath Director of Netball) and Anita Navin (Severn Stars Director of Netball). Over 100 people came to celebrate and reward the hard work and dedication of our wonderful volunteers across the region and 9on top of this we raised a very impressive £207 for the Carly Taylor trust.

Please see the results and nominees for each award below:

Grassroots Coach Award

Winner: Frankie Nutt 

As the lead of the Avon Coach Education programme Frankie has provided practical coaching sessions and mentoring opportunities to coaches across Avon, as well as organising CPD workshops for them to attend. Frankie is always available to provide cover for coaches across the Avon Netball community and has supported a number of clubs to develop their current members into coaches. As coaching secretary she has been able to fill an incredible 31 coaching vacancies in the area. Frankie has also introduced over 130 new players to netball and is loved by the teams and players that she coaches.

Nominees: Angela Rimmer, Karen Short, Charlotte Haigh, Sally Ruddle, Tessa Hutton

 

Grassroots Officials Award

Winner: Debbie Ashworth 

Debbie is an A award umpire and considered to be the umpiring guru of Cornwall. She has moved umpiring in Cornwall from not having sufficient umpires for the level of games to a point where there are not enough top level games to support the ever increasing number of talented umpires. Debbie has developed over 50 new umpires and continually goes above and beyond to support umpires across the region. Debbie inspires others to get involved in umpiring and encourages them to develop and improve.

Nominees: Gina Pearce, Karen Kilderry

 

Mary Bulloch Administrator Award

Winner: Lesley Robbins 

Lesley knows Team Bath Netball Club inside out. She manages the administration for the entire junior section, efficiently manages the club finances and has recently sourced a new website provider. Lesley provides vital support to the committee and since starting her position has assisted in growing the club from 4 to 10 teams. Lesley has built relationships with other local clubs to direct players to as the club is regularly oversubscribed. Lesley is simple an administrative dynamo – without her Team Bath Netball Club could not function.

Nominees: Karen Rawlins

 

Muriel McNally Award

Winner: Katrina Venner 

Despite a challenging year Katrina has ensured the North Devon League has run smoothly, ensuring everyone was aware of the changes and writing funding bids to help the league return to its original venue. Katrina has supported her club and league with administration and has coached 7 club teams and a regional league squad – all on top of her responsibilities as a teacher. She is enthusiastic about giving everyone a chance to play netball and most recently has fundraised for netball equipment for a school in Kenya.

Nominees: Lorraine Beel, Beryl Darling, Laura Holt, Ann Smith, Paty Colvin, Hazel Hucker, Sally Arthur

 

Teacher Award

Winner: Clare Allen 

Clare’s love of netball is evident in every event or role she is involved in. She provides countless out of school opportunities for students to take part in netball as players and volunteers. She promotes netball to all of her students, identifying relevant pathways for their progression and encouraging them to represent their school in competitive tournaments – where they are regular finalists. Outside of her role as a teacher, Clare has inspired and encouraged hundreds of children to participate in netball.

Nominees: Katrina Venner

 

Unsung Hero Award

Winner: Jackie Tresidder 

Jackie has been a coach at Penryn Netball Club for 20 years as well as club chair and secretary. She has been chair of Cornwall Netball and coached the Cornwall netball youth teams as well as supporting a number of local schools. Jackie always promotes the pathway from school to club netball, encouraging girls to join clubs, which has increased participation. For over 40 years Jackie has dedicated her life to ensure the development of netball in Cornwall. She is seen as a mother figure and is a well-respected member of the Cornwall netball community.

Nominees: Jennifer Kelly, Kate Harper, Joan White, Caroline Kellaway, Rosie Hale

 

Young Volunteer Award

Winner: Lauren Leatherland 

Lauren’s selfless dedication to volunteering is admirable and without her commitment Weymouth Junior Netball Club would not be the same. Despite completing her A-levels her ability and willingness to volunteer has not decreased. Lauren is a coach and umpire as well as a committee member at Weymouth, she assists and mentors juniors and possess skills equivalent to that of an experienced club coach. Lauren is highly respected and despite her age is often looked to by senior members of the cub for advice. Lauren is extremely hard working and is an outstanding role model at Weymouth Junior Netball Club.

Nominees: Amy Tomlin, Chloe Cooper, Claire Tooth, Jodi Sealey, Channon Bruton

 

Outstanding Club Award

Unfortunately as the nominees are not CAPS accredited they do not meet the award criteria and therefore we do not have a winner in this category.

Nominees: Axe Vale NC, Dart NC

 

Heather Crouch Award

This award is selected from the winners of the other 8 categories and presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to netball in the South West.

Winner: Debbie Ashworth

National Goalden Globe Nominees

Mo Squires

Nominated for: Inclusion & Diversity Award, Rose Award & Long Service Award

Having volunteered in netball for nearly 40 years Mo has filled nearly every voluntary role within Swindon and Wiltshire. Fondly regarded as the ‘founder’ of Walking Netball, Mo has been a key player in developing the game and has offered feedback to England Netball on how Walking Netball should be delivered and how it impacts participants. Mo is a huge advocate of the game, promoting the benefits through local and national media outlets (including Sky and BBC Radio 4) as well as seeking funding to support more WN Hosts. In addition to this Mo launched Swindon Vixens, an EN Core Inclusion Club, that provides women/girls with learning disabilities an opportunity to play netball regularly. Nothing is impossible for Mo, if there is a need or demand for netball she will go above and beyond to fill it. Mo believes netball is for all regardless of age, ability, experience or background and even if it means it’s not delivered in a ‘traditional format’. Mo is hugely respected by all as someone that unselfishly volunteers numerous hours of her time, actively seeks opportunities in which to recognise and praise others’ contributions and as someone that recognises the additional positive impact netball can have – raising over £12,000 since 2014 through her annual “Squires Tournament”. A true inspiration.

 

Netball South West would like to say a big thank you to David White from BBC Radio Cornwall for hosting our event wonderfully, to Somerset County Cricket Club for providing an excellent venue and food and also to Will Dax for taking all the photos.

Finally, we would like to say congratulations to all of the winners and nominees and we wish all the winners and Mo the best of luck when they go forward to compete in the National Goalden Globe Awards where they will be against winners from all the Netball Regions across the country.

wedNEWSday: Netball has bounced back in Dorset

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Netball has bounced back in Dorset

Last Sunday was all about the Back to Netball ladies in Dorset as over 100 of them attended Dorset’s Back to Netball Festival in Wimborne. Congratulations to Team Warriors who were the winners with Gem Set and Yeovil second and third respectively. Thank you to all 11 teams for taking part, all demonstrating some fantastic netball. A huge thank you also to all the umpires who I think wished had packed the sun cream! A great day was had by all.

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wedNEWSday: Hucclecote Flames on Fire

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Hucclecote Flames on Fire

 Hucclecote Flames U16 squad recently represented Netball South West at the National Finals. Having gone though as Regional winners, they were hopeful of making the top six. Losing only one match all weekend, they were denied a top six play off by 0.04 of a goal! They won their play off games convincingly to finish seventh in the country. A great achievement by all involved and so, so close to reaching their aim of making the top six.

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wedNEWSday: U14 success at National Club Finals

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U14 success at National Club Finals

After finishing 1st and 2nd in the South West U14 Regional League, Poole and Saints Rockets travelled to Birmingham University last weekend to represent the South West at the National U14 Clubs Finals.

Against extremely tough competition both teams did exceptionally well and produced some fantastic results across the two day finals.

Saints Rockets were arguably involved in the match of the finals narrowly defeating Grangetown 19-18 in an exciting, end-to-end match. They eventually finished in 9th place which is an excellent achievement!

Poole were strong throughout the tournament and produced a great performance to defeat Cliftonettes and win a close fought game against Leeds. Narrowly missing out on the final by goal average Poole beat Turnford in the third place play-off to finish 3rd overall. A fantastic result for the club and the region.

A huge well done to both Poole and Saints Rockets who have had excellent seasons and represented the South West brilliantly!

For a full write up of the finals and the complete results please go to: https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/oldham-come-top-north-west-final/

Poole NC finished 3rd at the U14 National Clubs Finals. 

Saints Rockets finished the competition in 9th position.

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Regional League 3 Play-Offs

A four-way play-off tournament was held on Sunday 21 May at the University of the West of England Sports Centre, Bristol to determine the two teams to fill the vacated places in Regional League 3 North Division.

Bristol Storm were aiming to retain their RL3 place, with Team Bath Tigers (Avon), Randwick (Glos) and Razzle Dazzle (Wilts) aiming for a regional place. After a round-robin competition, Team Bath Tigers emerged as winners having won all their matches, while Bristol Storm won two out of their three matches to finish in second place, therefore retaining their regional league place.

Changes to the Regional League 3 structure have meant that the RL3 division will be split into north and south sub-divisions. Entry into RL3 South is by invitation to the top teams from East Devon, West Devon, Somerset and Cornwall.

South West Regional League 3 North Play-Off Winners, Team Bath Tigers

wedNEWSday: ‘Moving Forwards’ with Netball South West

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‘Moving Forwards’ with Netball South West

On Sunday 14th May Netball South West welcomed members from across the region to their Moving Forwards Conference and AGM 2017 at Taunton Vale Sports Club.

NSW were joined by Fran Connolly (England Netball Head of Development), Jess Thirlby and Liz Bloor (Team Bath ??) and Pam Cookey (Severn Stars Director of Development) for updates on what the future holds for netball in the South West.

The conference also covered how competition is progressing and improving over the coming season, including changes to the Regional League, and information on Sport England’s Code for Sports Governance.

The day offered a lot of interesting information on what is to come over the next season and into the future from the perspective of England Netball and the two Super League franchises. The attendees also got an insight into Netball South West’s plans on how they plan to continue to improve and support England Netball, Team Bath and Severn Stars.

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wedNEWSday: TTNC Spartans (Devon) reach the National U16 Finals

It’s wedNEWSday!! Each week we bring you a great netball story from across the South West and this week is no different. Make sure that you check back each wedNEWSday for more great stories. Plus, if you have a story you would like to share, send it into us using the details below.

TTNC Spartans (Devon) reached the National U16 Finals

Teignbridge Titans U16 netball team TTNC Spartans concluded a fantastic season by reaching the National U16 Finals – the first time in a long while any Devon based teams have qualified for this event, the highest level of competition for their age group.

The National Clubs U16 Finals brings together the top 18 teams in the under 16 age category from across the country. The 18 teams consisted of the winners and runners up from the nine regional competitions that take place throughout the season.

This year’s National Clubs U16 Finals took place on 29th and 30th April 2017 at Redbridge Sports Centre (Forest Rd, Essex IG6 3HD).

TTNC Spartans finished third in their group and 15th overall.  Really well done TTNC Spartans – a year to be proud of.

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wedNEWSday: Quayside B2N Club reignites passion for netball

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Quayside Back to Netball Club is helping women of all ages reignite their passion for netball

Quayside Back to Netball Club (Devon) is run by Irene Mellor, a qualified level two coach who also runs after school netball clubs at Kingsbridge Community College. Irene was one of the founding members of Kingsbridge Jesters, who climbed the local netball leagues in the mid-to-late 90s.

“The club is an opportunity for women who haven’t played netball since school, or lost touch with the sport because of other commitments,” says Irene. “We give each other inspiration and confidence every week, and also have a lot of fun.”

Irene has a special bond with the club because it also helped her back onto the court after thinking that she might never play again:

“Back to Netball has been fantastic for me personally. After a few sessions I soon got my confidence back, and now, aged 58, I’ve got more energy than I ever thought I’d have.”

There are no age limits at the Quayside club and women of all abilities are welcome. The club has eighteen paid-up members and also offers ‘pay as you play’ rates. As well as weekly training sessions, the club enters Back to Netball tournaments and runs social events throughout the year. It also acts as a springboard:

“Some of our players go on to play competitive netball at clubs like Ivybridge,” explains Irene. “I’m also quick to encourage our younger members to pursue the sport at college or university.”

Quayside Back to Netball Club trains on Tuesday evenings from 8-9pm, throughout term time, at Kingsbridge Quayside Leisure Centre. You can message the club via its Facebook page ‘Quayside Netball Club’ for more information.

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wedNEWSday: TBirds NC proudly support #DevonGirlsCan

After a week off (not pointing any fingers but someone was on leave and obviously didn’t realise netball never stops – sorry!) we are back with another great wedNEWSday story. This week we look at TBirds NC who, alongside all of their other great netballing work, are supporting Sport England’s and Active Devon’s #DevonGirlsCan campaign.

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Devon based TBirds Netball Club is proud to officially support #DevonGirlsCan across the county

Recently Sport England has relaunched its hugely successful ‘This Girl Can’ Campaign with the aim of being a bit bolder, as it tries to encourage all women to take up exercise whether they are 14 or 65 years old.

Teignmouth Thunderbirds (TBirds) Netball Club is delighted to work with Sport England and Active Devon for Devon Girls Can. Collectively they’re promoting their open training sessions to encourage more women and girls to get active. The award-winning club is supporting the campaign by offering new participants the opportunity to come back to netball for free at their first session. The community grass roots club has over 50 affiliated players and is keen to continue to encourage more women back to netball.

Angela Rimmer, Founder and Head Coach of TBirds, comments:

“Devon Girls Can is a great way to celebrate TBirds second birthday. The amazing initiative is all about women sharing their experiences to inspire other women to get involved in better wellbeing, without fear of judgement. This is where TBirds came from and is at the very heart of our club ethos.”

We are a constituted not-for-profit sports club and so we rely on fantastic relationships with England Netball and Active Devon staff to enable us to carry on providing access to a fun sport within our local community. The TBirds club ethos is to have fun, meet friends, get fit and play netball.”

Learn more about this initiative at www.TBirdsNetball.Club and www.thisgirlcan.co.uk

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