#wedNEWSday – SW shine at the 2018 NPL Tournament

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Netball South West was well represented during the 4 day 2018 NPL Tournament that took place at the University of Nottingham. Manchester Thunder (U17 and U21) and London Pulse (U19) were crowned champions at the tournament, however the success of our Team Bath and Severn Stars franchises had not gone unnoticed. The strength of both teams has shown they are big contenders for next years tournament.

The Netball South West Regional Management Board would like to thank all of Team White that attended from the SW for all their time and efforts in umpiring a number of games:

Michelle Easterbrook (U17’s 7/8th playoff)

Nicky Shard-Palmer (U17’s 7/8th playoff)

Debbie Ashworth (U17’s Semifinal)

Claire Daly (U19 7/8th Playoff)

Jenny Henwood (U17’s 5/6th playoff)

Adele Venner (U17’s 3/4th playoff)

Louise Cole (U17’s Final)

Rhian Edwards (U21’s Final)

A massive well to done to Louise and Rhian who were selected to umpire two finals in the tournament.

A special thank you to Judith Groves who was one of the EN Assessor’s, Les Thomas and Linda Mancini as Technical Officials throughout the tournament.

Please see all the round up on the event here

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#wedNEWSday – WI Walking Netball partnership making BIG steps across the South West…

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In January 2018, England Netball announced a national partnership with the Women’s Institute, which outlined their commitment to get WI ladies right across the country back on court through their Walking Netball programme.

The team of Netball Development Officers across the South West have been out and about building relationships and making plans with identified WIs and the first several cohorts of WIs taking court have certainly paved the way for others to follow in their footsteps – with sessions in Devon and Gloucestershire seeing over 30 ladies attend!

With taster sessions and regular sessions having taken place in nearly every county, the interest in Walking Netball amongst the South West WI’s seems to be growing (it’s estimated that nearly 200 WI members have gotten a wiggle on so far!). This week’s WedNEWSday throws the spotlight on Wellington WI in Somerset – who recently featured in their local gazette!

Having heard lots of positive feedback from other WIs in the area, Wellington WI invited newly appointed Somerset Netball Development Officer, Sammy Kemmish, to one of their regular meetings to give them an insight into the Walking Netball programme and show them what it’s all before taking court themselves at a planned taster session set for the following week (VIDEO: What is Walking Netball?)

Inspired by Sammy’s visit, 20 ladies came to the taster session which saw many of them touch a netball for the first time in over 50 years! Wellington WI committee member, Caroline Swann, said “Walking Netball is an ideal activity for our members as it offers a fun way of getting active that will suit all of our members, whatever their age/level of activity.”

“Netball is something that most of us have played before and it became apparent at the session the ladies had not forgotten how to play!   As it’s an all-inclusive activity we had a very positive response and the session went down very well – lots of laughter and reminiscing about “School Netball” – we can’t wait to get started in September!”

With demand high and the Wellington WI boasting over 80 members, the ladies have already sent several members on England Netball’s host training workshops so they can lead their own weekly sessions – which are launching this September.

England Netball have been inundated with requests from WIs to become a part of this programme, but still welcome other interested groups to make themselves aware to their local Netball Development Officer or the South West regional office to see how we can include you in the delivery plan.

Not part of a WI but still keen to give Walking Netball a go? We have lots of Walking Netball sessions open to women of all ages running right across the South West (and have more in the pipeline!) – so get in touch and get back on court!

Inspired to start your own Walking Netball group? We have Walking Netball Host training taking place in Bristol this October which will equip you with all the knowledge / tools you need to start your own session! No need to be a netball expert – we support you the whole way! Contact southwest@englandnetball.co.uk for full details.

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#wedNEWSday – Camp diary: Bath Netball Youth Camp

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The summer holidays have well and truly been kicked off in style in Bath, following a 3 day Netball Youth Camp which saw 28 young netballers take court in a whole host of activities and get some fantastic tips from England and Team Bath superstar, Paige Reed. Below we hear from Emily Harrison (Avon & Wiltshire NDO) who gives us a sneak peek into what sounds like 3 days of netball madness…

Now in it’s 4th year, the Bath Netball Youth Camp, that ran between 25th-27th July at King Edwards School in Bath, was set to be the best yet, with great weather forecast and lots of fun things planned, the coaches and I were really excited to get going!

 

 

Day 1 saw the players begin to get to know one another with balloon netball bingo, before being taken through challenging ball skills and working on attacking options with welcome visitor Paige Reed. Paige’s visit was wrapped up with some excellent questions from the girls – from asking about Paige’s pathway in netball through to what she would want to do if she wasn’t a netballer (a surgeon for those who are interested!!). The afternoon was jam packed with specialist sessions on shooting (delivered by assistant coach Sian) and attacking the circle edge (delivered by lead coach Nic), before finishing with some seriously impressive match play!

Day 2 began with some recovery in the form of yoga – it turned out we had some seriously flexible netballers on the camp…and some not so flexible coaches!! The theme of Day 2 was defence – so after some more ball handling challenges (inc skipping & crazy catches), the girls were taken through various sessions throughout the day that looked at footwork patterns, interception technique, zoning and a laughter filled man on man session accompanied by emojis!! Over lunch, the girls’ imagination and artistic skills were tapped in to as they were challenged to design a netball dress – from which 3 winners were chosen we coaches simply couldn’t agree!

With the weather so great, Day 2 finished with match play outside…but with a summer twist…water pistol umpires – apparently a great way to add pressure to decision making and shooting technique!!

Day 3 was met with some tired looking netballers (and coaches) coming through the door…but after it was revealed that the final day of the camp would be one big competition, the excitement of the previous 2 days was back! The players were split into 3 teams (England, Australia & Jamaica) and led by their coach were taken through a number of different team and individual challenges were they earnt points for their team…the afternoon laid way to team chants and a tournament…before the water pistols were back…at which point the heat began to have an affect and the camp finished with a full blown water fight!!

After 3 busy days, the coaches waved off 28 happy, tired (and slightly soggy) netballers…and guess what? We’re already looking forward to next year!

Check out photos from the camp on the Netball in Avon facebook page: www.facebook.com/NetballinAvon

This summer we have 2 more Netball Youth Camps set to run in the South West – both of which are still accepting bookings, so don’t miss out on what really is an unmissable holiday activity for any netball keen bean!

Upcoming camps:

Taunton (Somerset) – 13th-15th August, 10am-3pm (11-16yrs) 

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Exeter (Devon) – 20th-22nd August, 9am-5pm (11-16yrs) – Eboni Beckford-Chambers confirmed!! 

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Vote for your 2018 Vitality Goalden Globe winners!

Volunteers from across the country will all come together for an evening of glitz and glamour at the 2018 Vitality Goalden Globes on Saturday 15th September at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham, to recognise the outstanding contributions they make to our sport.

The Vitality Goalden Globe Awards is a collective celebration, beginning at a regional level with various events held between May and July, and culminating in a prestigious national awards evening.

The 2018 Vitality Goalden Globe Awards will include an online vote, where you can find out more about the fabulous achievements of all of our nominees and choose who you feel should win each category. Take a look at the South West winners who have been nominated:

 

Grassroots Coach Award: Emma Isaac

Grassroots Officials Award: Claire Daly

Mary Bulloch Administrator Award: Rebecca Calver

Muriel McNally Award: Erica Davies

Outstanding Netball Club: Taunton Netball Club

Teacher Award: Angela Walker

Unsung Hero Award: Sarah Powlesland

Young Volunteer Award: Imogen Barry

Inclusion and Diversity Award: Wiltshire Council – Walking Netball Hosts
The online vote is limited to one vote per category and for each award the online vote will make up 60% of the total scoring. The remaining 40% will be determined by the Vitality Goalden Globe Awards National Panel who review all nominations across all categories.

Tickets for this prestigious event always sell fast so we advise you to book at the earliest opportunity to avoid missing out.

Tickets are £50 each or £450 for a table of 10 and are available here. All nominees will receive a direct communication and invite to the event.

Select from the categories to read up on all of the nominees and make your vote. Please note that voting is limited to one per person for each category and voting closes at 5pm on Friday 31st August.

Good luck to all of the South West Winners who are nominated and to Karen Jones and Val Sanders for their Long Service Award nominations at the event.

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#wedNEWSday – Coaches have their say in Gloucestershire

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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).

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#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

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#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

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#wedNEWsday – Volunteers Net the Win

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The South West Regional Goalden Globe Award doesn’t just see us celebrate those winners within the nine categories, it celebrates all the nominees and volunteers in netball. This year’s awards did not disappoint and the winners received their honors earlier this month at Taunton School in front of 70 people, including Team Beth and Severn Stars Players.

Click here to hear about the nine winners and find out what makes them so deserving – in the words of the people who nominated them.

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Volunteers Net the Win

The South West Regional Goalden Globe Award doesn’t just see us celebrate those winners within the 9 categories, it celebrates all the nominees and volunteers in netball. This year’s awards did not disappoint and the winners received their honours on Sunday 10th June at Taunton School in front of 70 people, including Team Beth and Severn Stars Players.

Here we meet the nine winners and find out what makes them so deserving – in the words of the people who nominated them:

Grassroots Coach Award: Emma Isaac

 

Emma is a well-respected coach within Bath Cougars. She has sourced several pots of funding which has allowed her to mentor 5 new coaches and several umpires to allow them to succeed. She ensures that they are able to gain the training they need within sessions to allow all individuals to grow. Emma strives to be the best she can be by developing her own coaching pathway which has allowed her to have a big impact on the coaching that her club receives.


Nominees:
Kathryn Walker, Helen Glasgow and Angela Rimmer

Grassroots Officials Award: Claire Daly

 

Claire is an active umpire, umpire assessor, umpire mentor and table official holding a variety of qualifications that have helped her through the officiating pathway to become an A Award umpire. Claire is always willing to offer support and to umpires who are starting out on their umpiring journey and especially to those who are willing to progress from B – A in both the written and practical. Claire’s own umpiring involves fully supporting the local region and counties whenever possible by umpiring Regional games in Divisions 1 – 3 and at Regional Schools.

Nominees: Bethany Pearce

Mary Bulloch Administrator Award: Rebecca Calver

 

Becci is a valued member of the Winterbourne Netball Club who supports others wishing to work through the officiating and coaching pathways, giving up her time to help them towards their award. As a founding member of the club and Club Secretary she keeps all other club volunteers and members informed and up to date on the club’s commitments and activities. She also ensures that the relevant workforce is in the right place at the right time and organise’s the club’s umpiring duties, ensuring the club fulfills its league commitments and regularly umpires herself.

Nominees: Deena Ritchie, Lin Oldham

Muriel McNally Award: Erica Davies

 

Erica is a respected member to the Team Bath Committee where she supports all committee members in whatever way possible and her input and knowledge is always highly valued. She closely supports the 8 coaches in the junior section of the club, mentoring those working towards qualifications, being on hand to offer advice and is always the first to offer cover when it’s requires. Erica has for two decades, committed her time, energy and experience to ensuring the next generation have the opportunity to experience junior club netball and go on to take that love with them to university/college etc.and come back again to the club.

Nominees: Pauline Passmore, Trudie Proctor, Diane Arrandale, Lin Oldham, Gina Pearce and Val Sanders

Outstanding Netball Club: Taunton Netball Club

Taunton Netball Club supports all aspiring coaches and umpires to attend a coaching or umpiring course and ensuring that they have any equipment needed to do so. Our entire club committee (including sub-committees) is run by volunteers; players and ex-players who give up their time to work in the background ensuring that the club runs smoothly. The club has continued with our High 5 Sessions where there are 15 girls who attend including a mix of current and new players. Three girls have transitioned to juniors which shows the strong pathways between the teams.

Nominees: Exeter Netball Club

Teacher Award: Angela Walker

 

Angela is a very respected and experienced teacher who has helped to encourage and support netball. She not only develops the elite level players but she is keen to ensure all players have an opportunity to enjoy the sport. She has used her own personal drive to work towards her C assessment and work with coaches so that she can improve her own technical knowledge when running a young volunteer programme at her school. She goes out of her way to provide competitive netball opportunities where she organised a Year 7 friendly tournament with local schools making sure that all the officials were young volunteers – scorers, timekeepers and umpires.

Unsung Hero Award:
Sarah Powlesland

 

Sarah is one of the founding members of Bodmin Netball Club and her contribution to the club has been outstanding. Sarah has helped the club to grow by offering support and guidance to all volunteers. She is constantly on hand to answer questions, provide information or just offer a supportive ear. Sarah would say she is a small drop in a massive ocean; what she does not realise is that her one small drop has created a ripple effect which has inspired others and created opportunities for hundreds of individuals to participate in the sport she loves.

Nominees: Denise Legg, Tracey Phillips, Linda Smith, Trudie Proctor, Tracey Woodrow

Young Volunteer Award: Imogen Barry

 

Imogen is an outstanding young individual who supports around 25 members for the junior section of TBirds Netball Club where she actively coaches and represents the juniors. Immy leads by example and has inspired many juniors to transition from school netball to club netball since the Club started a new junior section only 18-months ago. She has had a positive impact in helping new players feel welcome, the administration and management of junior training sessions along with the session content working alongside the lead coach in junior training sessions.

Inclusion and Diversity Award:
Wiltshire Council – Walking Netball Hosts

 

Walking netball has become a massive part of Wiltshire Councils sport ethos. They have implemented five regular walking netball sessions across the county, all run by dedicated volunteer hosts. The seven ladies, who all started as walking netball participants have become hosts of the weekly sessions ensuring sustainability, long term positive impacts and community ownership of the walking netball programme. Each host has different personality traits that make them excellent hosts in their own way, but all have an inspirational quality and skill to create a safe and friendly environment that keep the participants coming back each week.

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: Rebecca Calver

National Goalden Globe Nominees

Karen Jones and Val Sanders have both been nominated for the Long Service Award at the National Goalden Globes. Karen and Val have both been long standing members of their respective committees and their work has not gone unnoticed. The knowledge and experience they bring have managed to bring a professional outlook to an organisation that is managed by volunteers, which has been invaluable to both the region and counties.

 

We wish all the winners and national nominees the best of luck at the National Goalden Globes in September.

 

#wedNEWSday – Inaugural Fair Play Award presented in Avon in memory of a netball legend

Avon Netball’s 2017/18 season was brought to a conclusion for the local divisions at their AGM last month, when the awards for nominated players, runners up and winners within each division were presented to the successful teams and players. A new addition to this year’s list of trophies was the Fair Play Award in memory of Kim Sullivan, who played for Crossbow Netball Club for many years and sadly passed away earlier in the season.

 

Kim was known and loved throughout the Avon and Netball South West community during her time both on and off the court.

 Representing Avon at both junior and senior levels, many will remember Kim as a friendly and bubbly centre court player who played the majority of her netball within the first team, competing in the Avon League before being invited to play in the NSW regional league. Kim put her heart and soul into Crossbow who were her netball family, and fulfilled many roles over the years such as Junior Coach, Chairperson and President. She continued to support the club when she could no longer step out onto the court, and was well respected for her words of wisdom, calming nature and warm welcoming personality.

The deserving recipients of this new accolade were Newbridge Ninjas, who finished second in division 10 and have therefore gained promotion next season. They have been praised for their helpfulness, sportsmanship and ability and willingness to support others.  Newbridge have been extremely supportive of new players joining their club throughout the season, including running their training sessions jointly as a Back to Netball session, England Netball’s nation initiative to get women back into playing the sport.

The efforts of Newbridge Ninjas in terms of their attitude towards fair play deserves to be recognised and made them worthy winners of the inaugural Fair Play Award. Kim’s husband, Marc Sullivan, attended the Avon AGM to present Newbridge Ninja’s their award.

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