wedNEWSday: Ladies in Totnes are getting a WIggle on

Each week we bring you a good news story from the South West, and this week is no different. Make sure you check back every wedNEWSday for another great netballing story.

Ladies in Totnes are getting a WIggle on

Following the announcement last week that England Netball have entered a national partnership with the Women’s Institute, this week’s WedNEWSday story is all about the Totnes WI who have been running a Walking Netball pilot with England Netball since October 2017.

Lili John from the Totnes WI trained as a WN host back in October 2017 and soon after started delivering sessions exclusively for the members of her WI group. The sessions have been really well attended by members who have discovered friendship and teamwork as well as reaping the rewards both physically and mentally of walking netball. Recently the group, who meet on Mondays at 6pm at Totnes Leisure Centre, have opened up the sessions to other local WI groups, so that more ladies can get involved in the fun on court.

Hear from members of the Totnes WI and why they love Walking Netball so much here

We are incredibly excited about this new partnership and looking forward to working with more WI groups across the South West in the near future – if your WI group wants to get involved please get in touch and register your interest with us directly!

To find your nearest Walking Netball session, please visit the England Netball session finder.

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wedNEWSday: Walking back to recovery

Each week we bring you a good news story from the South West, and this week is no different. Make sure you check back every wedNEWSday for another great netballing story.

Walking back to recovery

Wiltshire based Rose Mortimer is 83 years old and has been a regular attendee at several Swindon based Walking Netball sessions for over a year.

Back in September 2017, Rose had to have surgery to replace her left shoulder joint meaning she had to take a short break from her netballing activities. Remarkably, less than a month after surgery she made her return to the court at a Walking Netball session she regularly attends at Croft Sports Centre! With her left arm in a sling, Rose took part in the warm up and some of the basic drills i.e. those that she could do with only her right hand and was delighted to be back with the other ladies she has become firm friends with.

Mid November, just eight weeks after her surgery, Rose arrived to the session without the sling and played a full part in the Walking Netball session – she even scored the winning goal in a closely contested game of noughts and crosses by using both hands and a very measured underarm shot! It was definitely not a fluke as she’s since scored several more goals like this.

Rose (far left) with the Croft Walking Netball group

Walking Netball has provided Rose an opportunity to stay fit and active during her recovery from surgery and the Walking Netball hosts and fellow players have done a great job of adapting the sessions to ensure she can take part.

Rose continues to play (& score goals!) at Walking Netball sessions on Thursdays and Sundays in Swindon. To find your local netball session wherever you are in the region, please click here.

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wedNEWSday: South African youngsters on tour in Bristol

Each week we bring you a good news story from the South West, and this week is no different – although we are a day late (sorry, technical difficulties beat us yesterday!). Make sure you check back every wedNEWSday for another great netballing story.

South African team on tour

Avon based Imperial and TJ Sacarcens Junior Netball Clubs welcomed South African based Riebeek to Bristol last month as part of a wider tour that saw them visit and play teams from Bath, Bristol and London.

Each player from Riebeek had been specially selected to go on tour to England for a week and Imperial and TJ Saracens were delighted to play them in a mini tournament as part of the Bristol leg of their tour.

The playing standard across the tournament was very high and the young local players were thrilled to get the opportunity to play a team from overseas

Bianca Hill from Imperial said “It was a pleasure to be asked to play against them and we hope our paths cross again one day soon.”

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wedNEWSday: Farewell to two of the South West team

The last wedNEWSday of 2017! On behalf of everyone at Netball South West we would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and an extremely Happy New Year. Make sure you check back in 2018 for more good news netballing stories from across the South West.

Farewell to two of the South West team

On behalf of Netball South West, we’d like to wish both Sam (Regional Coordinator) and Amy (Somerset Netball Development Officer) farewell and express our huge thanks for all their hard work over the years. Amy is finishing tomorrow and Sam on Friday at lunchtime. Sam is off to the Lawn Tennis Association to work in the competitions team and Amy is re-locating to Liverpool. Sam’s role is currently out to advert (https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/work-for-us/england-netball-opportunities-4/south-west-regional-co-ordinator/) and Amy’s will be early in the new year. Best of luck both, you’ll be sorely missed.

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wedNEWSday: Team White become Team Green

Each week we bring you a good news story from the South West, and this week is no different – although we are a day late (sorry, technical difficulties beat us yesterday!). Make sure you check back every wedNEWSday for another great netballing story.

Team White become Team Green

At the end of November, a Team of 12 A & B Award Umpires from Netball South West met at Heathrow airport to fly to Dubai to officiate at the Emirates Dubai Netball 7s competition. Click here to read the full story….

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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

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!

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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wedNEWSday: Honiton NC support Netball Development Trust

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!

Honiton NC support Netball Development Trust

Honiton Netball Club (Devon) held a tournament to raise funds for the Netball Development Trust (NDT) sanitary pad appeal. Girls in Kenya are likely to miss four school days a month because of their periods. Without hygienic sanitary pads, many are forced not to go to school and will miss out on playing netball.

​NDT are supporting the Kenyan project to buy sanitary pads for the girls in their programme to make their lives easier, healthier and happier. They aim to raise a minimum of £2500 which will help at least 240 of the netball girls and 16 female coaches to keep playing and training effectively. The money will allow them to give each girl a packet of pads per month.

20 teams from the local league participated in a fun filled event which raised £215 for the appeal. They also arranged a bra collection for bras that were still in good condition to be taken by the NDT when they next go on tour, to give to young girls and women they work with (they collected 178 in total!).

To learn more about this scheme, and/or donate, please visit:

http://www.netballtrust.co.uk/

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wedNEWSday – Who’s who?

Each week we bring you a good news story from across the South West as part of our wedNEWSday articles. However this week is slightly different, as part of our ‘Who’s Who’ campaign we are going to be highlighting the huge volume of people that are involved in netball in the South West. This week is the turn of Netball South West’s Regional Chair – Karen Jones!

Karen Jones

When and where did your netball start?

I started playing when I went to secondary school, Plymouth High School, and loved it straight away.

Why did you chose your specific discipline?

We had a great PE teacher who took us to the nationals at U14, U16 and U19 and as the team stayed mostly the same for all that time we just loved the travel, tournaments and social side. I also loved winning.

Who has influenced you most in your netball journey? 

Apart from at school, my umpiring has to have been influenced mostly by Sheelagh Redpath like most umpires of my generation and for my NSW board role it would be Heather Crouch, without who’s support and guidance I wouldn’t be the NSW chair.

Why do you love netball so much?

A question I ask myself all the time! More than anything I love the people, I have known some for over 30 years and they’re like a second family

How many hours a week are you involved in all things netball?

Umpiring wise, whether that’s actually umpiring, mentoring, tutoring or assessing it’s on average 6-7 hours a week. My regional chair’s role is probably more demanding, maybe 9-10 hours a week.

What’s your favourite thing about the sport and why?

Apart from the people I love the fact that it’s a game that offers something to all women and girls whether that’s an opportunity to play for your country or an activity that keeps you active, healthy and in touch.

What’s your netball USP (unique selling point)?

No idea. Probably my passion for the game

What’s your greatest achievement in the sport?

What’s brought me the most pleasure and caused me to lose the most sleep would be umpiring some great matches in front of large crowds. So Team Bath v Wales, England Seniors (even if it was a training session), Prem 1 and the trips to Dubai and Bahrain.

If you could change one thing about netball, what would it be and why?

It would have to be the recognition/inward investment to put it on an equal footing in the UK with male dominated sports

Tell us one non-netball fact about yourself

I still have the teddy bear I took to Singapore with me aged 2 – he’s called Timothy Augustus Shankles (what kid makes up a name like that for a bear?)

Sum up netball in seven words

Fun

Friendship

Competitive

Inclusive

Exciting

Developing

Draining

Make sure you check out our website each week to keep up to date and if you have a great story let us know by sending your good news story, plus a snazzy photo, to Rachel Bussey (rachel.bussey@englandnetball.co.uk)

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!