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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U14 Regional League Seeding Tournament

The U14 Seeding Tournament took place on Sunday 299th October at Paignton Academy to determine which teams would make up Division 1 and 2 of the U14 Regional League.

Teams from across the South West competed throughout the day and displayed an excellent standard of netball!

The teams for the U14 Regional League for the 2017-18 season are:

Division 1
Teignbridge Titans
Bath Cougars
West Exe Puma’s
Saints
Poole A
Exeter
Poole B
Lawn

 

Division 2
St Agnes
North Dorset
Challengers
Taunton NC
Pinehurst
Plymstock
Yeovil NC
Hucclecote Flames
Team Jets
Team Bath
Old Chelts Arrows

Subject to teams accepting their place in the league.

Netball South West would like to congratulate all teams that took part. A special thank you also goes to Debbie Ashworth and all the amazing umpires that worked so hard both beforehand and on the day to ensure quality umpiring on all games.

Make sure you check out the U14 Regional League page for more information.

We can’t wait for the season to get started in what is sure to be another exciting year!

wedNEWSday: Vote for the Vixens!

We have a great wedNEWSday story for you this week. Swindon Vixens, a Wiltshire-based inclusive netball club, are looking to expand and grow but they need your help! Make sure you take a look at our website each week for more good news story from across the SW!

Vote for the Vixens!

Swindon Vixens Netball Club are looking to grow and develop and they need your help.

Swindon Vixens is a club for people with learning disabilities, set up by the Swindon District Netball Association Netball Development Officer and the Project Coordinator from the Swindon Advocacy Movement to offer netball opportunities in a fun and social environment.

The Vixens are already making a positive impact to a number of lives including helping their members with weight loss, providing regular social interaction and supporting them to increase their confidence, self-esteem and self-assurance.

Swindon Vixens require constant funding to maintain the club and continue to provide the excellent service as well as encouraging new members to join.

They have applied for the Avivia Community Fund and need your help to ensure they achieve the support they require. Simply follow the link below to vote for this great project:

https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-5510

Each person can cast a total of 10 votes and the Vixens would appreciate as much support as possible.

Any funding would be put towards the costs of additional court space, kit, equipment, first aid provisions and travel expenses.

And so now’s the time to share your project with friends, family and community supporters to get as many votes as possible.

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wedNEWSday: Back to Netball – Redruth to Rome!

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Back to Netball – Redruth to Rome!

Back in early 2016 whilst sat at my computer at work in Redruth, working my way through e-mails I came across a “send to all” entitled “Back to Netball”.  I had played netball many years before when at school and a bit at university but due to demands of my degree was unable to commit to any teams.  I tried to keep up my fitness as a member of a gym but there was no real challenge or commitment needed which meant when something more interesting popped up I tended to opt for that rather than head to gym class! When this e-mail came through I just had a moment and thought  “I could give that a go.”  I of course had the mind maze of “what if I’m no good” “what if I have forgotten everything” “what if I can’t keep up!” but told myself to go for it.  And I am so glad I did!

I found the nearest session to me and went along.  I was thrilled to see a range of ages and abilities.  The sessions I attended were coached by the brilliant Tash Howard and some other fab coaches from around Cornwall on days when Tash was away.  The sessions covered skill s, drills and match play.  Tash’s passion for the game was infectious and her encouragement unwavering.  As a group we were encouraged to enter local back to netball tournaments, one of which we won!

There was real sense of sadness when the sessions were drawing to a close, but a few of us were determined to carry on!  We talked to Tash about finding clubs and teams to join to continue on our netball journey.  Through Facebook we found some Netball Now sessions over the summer to tide us over until clubs came back together in the Autumn and start of season.  Heading to our first session we were warmly welcomed by Fern but then for me disaster struck!

An awkward tumble during one of the games played at that Netball Now session resulted in a popping sound and pain coming from my left ankle and a rapid swelling so that my left ankle now resembled a large grapefruit!  Just when I was excited at the prospect of joining a club, I was on crutches for 3 weeks with Physio and rehab to get me “match fit” again.

The friends I had made through back to netball continued with their netball journey and met some members of the St Agnes Netball Club at a Netball now session.  They were encouraged to attend their training sessions and potentially join the club.  When my recovery was complete and I asked my Physio’s permission to get back into netball, the Back to Netball girls encouraged me to come along to a St Agnes training session, where I met the brilliant Vics Welch and Ruth Benney who could not have been more welcoming!  Within minutes I was hooked again and affiliated that very week!  My love of the game grew along with my confidence.  I had a new drive and commitment to improve my fitness level and attend training sessions.  No more cancelling gym classes!   And with this new found determination and desire for fitness, as well as some “gentle” encouragement from my Fiancé, I entered my first marathon!  And in April this Year completed the Rome Marathon.  Something I never thought I would have been able to achieve!

Since joining Aggie I have been able to volunteer within the club and take on administrative roles.  I am always amazed at the willingness of volunteers that make the clubs and netball across Cornwall whit is it!  Without Back to Netball I don’t think I would have had the opportunities to get involved in the Netball community and to achieve what I have terms of my own fitness and confidence.

U16 Regional League Seeding Tournament

The NSW U16 Regional League Seeding Tournament took place on Sunday 15th October at Paignton Academy to determine which teams would compete in Division 1 and Division 2 of the U16 Regional League.

Teams from across the South West competed throughout the day and displayed an excellent standard of netball!

The teams for the U16 Regional League for the 2017-18 season are:

Division One Club / Team
1 Poole
2 Hucclecote 1
3 Saints
4 Team Bath
5 Hucclecote 2
6 TTNC
7 West Exe
8 Almondsbury
Division Two
 1 Raychem
2 Galmington
3 Penzance
4 Plymstock
5 Bath Cougars
6 Cirencester
7 Taunton NC
8 North Dorset
9 St Agnes
10 Lawn
11 Exeter
12 Team Jets

Subject to all teams accepting their place in the league.

Netball South West would like to congratulate all teams that took part. A special thank you also goes to Debbie Ashworth and all the amazing umpires that worked so hard both beforehand and on the day to ensure quality umpiring on all games.

Make sure you check out the U16 Regional League page for more information.

We can’t wait for the season to get started in what is sure to be another exciting year!

wedNEWSday: Tiger Saints take court for the first time

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Tiger Saints take court for the first time

Just over a month and a half after launching, Tiger Saints (a brand new junior club in Avon) have taken to court in their first ever league fixture.

Launched by a group of enthusiastic volunteers, the club began running sessions at the beginning of the summer holidays, with the aim to provide young girls in and around the Kingswood area of Bristol an opportunity to play netball outside of school. The volunteers have worked hard over the summer to secure a venue and a coach, and put together a committee so that they could take the leap to enter an U12 team into the local Avon Junior League.

After a busy summer of getting prepared, the young team took part in the Avon junior seeding tournament on Sunday 1st October. This was the first time many of the players had ever played 7 a side netball and despite their inexperience they were able to win some of their games and really enjoyed the experience.

Matches for Avon’s Junior league kicked off on Sunday 8th October and the one of the very first matches of the U12 league saw Tiger Saints take on Fry ‘B’. All of the hard work from both the players and volunteers certainly paid off and the Tiger Saints came away with a strong win 16-2.

A great start for the newly formed club!

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wedNEWSday: Frome NC raise money for great cause!

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Frome Netball Club Annual Charity Tournament in Memory of John Read

On Sunday the 17th of September Frome Netball Club held their annual charity tournament in honour of one of our member’s late father, Mr John Read. This is the 3rd year we have been running this tournament raising money for various charities; this year the chosen Charity was Dorothy House.

The tournament was held at Oakfield Academy and was well attended by 8 teams and their friends and family, including teams from Oakfield Academy, Selwood Academy and Frome Fire Brigade.

All teams really embraced the fun element with several wearing fancy dress and face paint. They gave it their all but the team who came out on top for the 2nd year running was The Almighty Cox’s.

The BBQ and raffle were also very well supported and on the day we managed to raise a fantastic £662.00! The money will be split between Dorothy House and Frome Netball Club.

Frome Netball Club would like to thank everyone that took part on the day and helped run the tournament, without their support it would not have been such a success!!  Also we would like to thank the following businesses and companies for their generous donations to the raffle:

Centre Parcs, Cordero Lounge, KP Garage, Boho, Bonbon, Sam’s Kitchen, Bramble and Wild Florist, Treatments by Tori, Zucci, Sean Smith Pet portraits and wildlife art and Costa coffee.  Their donations were greatly appreciated and helped us raise a lot of money for a wonderful cause!

Please see below a picture of the winning team The Almighty Cox’s and their medals!

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