SW volunteers steal the show at National Goalden Globe Awards

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SW volunteers steal the show at National Goalden Globe Awards

The South West volunteers stole the show at the England Netball National Goalden Globe awards on Saturday 16th September, with Mo Squires leading the way scooping 3 awards.

Following on from the Netball South West Regional Goalden Globes held in June the regional winners were put forward for the National Goalden Globe Awards. Volunteers from the South West were awarded and recognised for an amazing 10 accolades throughout the night, including Gilly Salter becoming an England Netball Honorary Life Member.

Lesley Robbins (Avon), from Team Bath NC, won the Mary Bulloch Administrator Award for all of her great work supporting the committee, coaches, umpires and players at Team Bath. The club simply would not function without her support.

The Muriel McNally Award was presented to Katrina Venner (East Devon) for her work mentoring coaches and umpires at her club as well as ensuring the North Devon League runs smoothly.

Francesca Nutt (Avon) was the National Grassroots Coach Award winner. Frankie has provided coaching opportunities and training across Avon, ensuring coaching vacancies are filled and introducing over 130 new players to netball.

Debbie Ashworth (Cornwall) collected the Grassroots Official Award for her outstanding work in developing umpires across the South West. Debbie has developed over 50 new umpires and has drastically improved the quality of umpiring not only in Cornwall but across the region. This is the 3rd year in a row that the Grassroots Official Award has been won by a South West volunteer and demonstrates the excellent standard of officiating we enjoy in the SW.

In addition, Channon Bruton (Dorset) and Amy Tomlin (Wiltshire) were celebrated for their contributions and both received the Pass on Your Passion Award for completing 400 voluntary hours in netball.

England Netball welcomed Gilly Salter as a new Honorary Life Member. Gilly achieved the highest of levels in netball representing England, has been a head coach at Hucclecote NC since 1988 and a national and regional scout since 1999. Gilly, who recently stepped down as NSW President, has had a huge impact on netball in both the South West and Nationally and this achievement is very well deserved.

However the star of the show was Mo Squires. The evening started with Mo collecting the National Long Service Award for her dedication to improving netball. Mo was then presented with the Inclusion and Diversity Award in recognition of her wonderful work as the founder and driving force behind Swindon Vixens NC, an EN Inclusion club providing netball opportunities for women who have learning disabilities. Mo’s hat trick of awards was completed with the National Rose Award. This award is presented to a volunteer who has demonstrated an exceptional contribution to netball in the last 12 months and there is no denying Mo fits this category perfectly. Mo has fondly been named as the ‘founder’ of Walking Netball and has been a strong advocate of the game and its benefits. As one of the first WN hosts, Mo has launched Walking Netball in Swindon and ensured that it continues to go from strength to strength.

Karen Jones, Chair of Netball South West said ‘It is fantastic to see so many of our wonderful volunteers being recognised and celebrated on a national level. Volunteers are crucial to making netball happen at all levels so we are incredibly grateful for the work they have done.’

NSW would like to say a huge congratulations to all of our national Goalden Globe Award winners and to all of the nominees that represented the South West on the evening.

Mo Squires collecting the Inclusion and Diversity Award, one of 3 awards Mo won on the night.

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wedNEWSday: NSW RL Pre-Season Tournament

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NSW RL Pre-Season Tournament

The annual Netball South West Pre-Season Tournaments was held on Sunday 10th September at Paignton Academy.

16 teams from across all the Regional League divisions competed against each other to warm up for the season ahead and allow clubs to assess their players and different team formations.

The standard of netball throughout the day was excellent and the games were played in good spirit.

The competition also provided an opportunity for the NSW Umpires to receive mentoring and support from Umpire Mentors Julia Harvey and Debbie Ashworth.

NSW would like to take all the umpires, officials and umpire mentors for their help on the day to ensure the tournament was a success.

The final places were:

  1. Exeter A
  2. Team Bath A
  3. Galmington
  4. Storm
  5. Premier Romans
  6. Exeter B
  7. Teignbridge Titans
  8. Team Bath B
  9. Challengers
  10. Titans Lightning
  11. Saints
  12. Carol Anne
  13. Almondsbury
  14. Plymstcok
  15. Titans Thunder
  16. Devizes

Congratulations to Exeter A (pictured below alongside Exeter B) who won the Tournament.

Keep your eye out on the NSW website for regular RL updates throughout the 2017-18 season!

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Kim Sullivan

It is with such deep regret that Crossbow Netball Club have to inform you of the sad passing of Kim Marie Sullivan.

Our bright shining star fought a very brave battle against cancer over the past three and half years but sadly slipped away peacefully in her sleep on the 2nd September.

Kim Marie was known and loved throughout the Avon and South West Regional netball community during her time on and off the court. Representing Avon at both junior and senior levels, many will remember Kim as the friendly, bubbly centre court player for Crossbow.  She played the majority of her netball within the 1st team, competing for many years in the Avon league before the invitation to the Fiscal league which developed into the South West Regional league.

Crossbow was Kim Marie’s netball family.  She put her heart and soul into the club, her passion and commitment was so inspirational to so many of us.  She quickly grew as a talented young player into a significant role model at the club.  Kim Marie fulfilled many roles over the years such as a Captain, Junior Coach, Chairperson and President.  Even when she could no longer step out onto court, she would still be there to support everyone.  Respected for her words of wisdom, calming nature and warm welcoming personality.

Kim Marie ‘A true legend’ for Crossbow Netball Club.  Cherished by all that knew her and who will be so dearly missed.

We send our sincere condolences to Kim’s family and friends.

wedNEWSday: How netball brightens my darkest days

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How netball brightens my darkest days

Abi Webber is a 22 year old working mum who lives in Devon. Below Abi talks about the impact netball has had on her mental health since becoming a mum.

“I started playing netball when I was eight years old. Having a mother that used to play three times a week, it was impossible for me not to become engrossed. I started in the school teams, then was enrolled into a women’s team by the age of 15.

I became pregnant at 21. My pregnancy was difficult (morning sickness, fatigue, cramps… you get the idea), so I had to take a break from netball until my son arrived. I ached to be back on the court, watching from the side lines as I ballooned with a tiny human cooking inside of me.

When my son did arrive, the weeks after became harder for me to bear. At my 10 week check up, I eventually broke down to my GP, telling her that I wasn’t sleeping, I wasn’t coping and that I was frankly miserable. She diagnosed me on the spot with Post Natal Depression and reassured me that plenty of women unfortunately go through it too. She urged me to return to netball, as it was such a positive impact on my physical, emotional and social wellbeing.

I cannot explain how wonderful it was to be back on court, even if I was, and still am, sleep deprived. Being with a team of women that have become good friends through the sport has helped me overcome my depression. I still have dark days but a Monday (netball day) always brings colour to a very monochrome day. Just being out of the house for an hour allows me to become ‘Abi’ again, not just ‘Noah’s Mummy’, plus it’s really nice to not have to worry about changing nappies, wiping snotty noses and the torture of Cbeebies!”

Additional information: Abi also has a blog charting her life as a young mummy https://thetepidteadiaries.wordpress.com/

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wedNEWSday: Saints Netball (Cornwall) on tour!

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Saints Netball (Cornwall) on tour!

Saints Netball Club (Cornwall) have recently returned from their third tour to the other side of the world.

17 players signed up and spent two years saving and fund raising for the tour.

The day before leaving our young defender, Beth Gummow, was taken into hospital to have her appendix removed – utter disappointment for her and her squad.

The group flew into Brisbane arriving late at night and the next day it was a trip up to the Sunshine Coast and two days jet lag recovery on Fraser Island. We can recommend the four wheel drive of the island to give you a thrill and introduce you to the beauty of Fraser Island!

Then it was back to the mainland and matches followed thick and fast in Hervey Bay, Noosa and Surfers Paradise. En route there were visits to Australia Zoo and a surfing lesson in Surfers’Paradise.

Next stop was Wauchope a small town inland from Port McQuarrie for games and then off to Sydney for our last matches.

In Sydney we stayed at the YHA on the Rocks overlooking Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge – truly memorable. Unbelievably there was another Netball group in the YHA (from Taunton School!) – the netball world is so small sometimes.

Whilst there we visited Taronga Zoo had a jet boat ride around the harbour and were privileged to have a coaching session with Cath Cox, an Australian Netball Icon.

In all we played five fixtures in ten days. The U15s won all five games and the U17s won three, drew one and lost one.

The competition was great, the players made friends for life with the opposition, who on many occasions hosted them. Everyone has the most amazing memories of what was a wonderful jam packed tour.

So, back to the UK arriving home on August 3rd, ready for the new season and possibly planning for the next one….

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wedNEWSday: The VotM Hall of Fame

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The VotM Hall of Fame

This week we have launched the South West Volunteer of the Moment Hall of Fame on the NSW website.

The Hall of Fame can be found here: http://netballsouthwest.co.uk/make-the-game/votm/

The Volunteer of the Moment (VotM) programme is used to instantly recognise and reward volunteers of any age, in any role or environment who have made a significant contribution to the development of netball. It is a way of saying a huge thank you to all of our fantastic volunteers.

A VotM reward can be given to a volunteer who has really gone above and beyond and been a netball star. This could be for work on a single occasion (e.g. at a training session or event) or ongoing commitment to a role they’ve carried out over a period of time.

Winners are rewarded with an ‘I Make the Game’ T-shirt and lanyard as a small appreciation for the work they do in making netball happen. They will also now become part of our VotM Hall of Fame where their hard work and achievements can be appreciated by all!

Make sure you check out the Hall of Fame now so you can see the fantastic contributions of Frankie Nutt and Becci Calver – the first Volunteers of the Moment from the South West.

 

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wedNEWSday: Anniversary Walking Netball Festival

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Anniversary Walking Netball Festival

Last Saturday 103 participants took part in a Walking Netball Festival at Dorcan Domes in Wiltshire.

Six teams entered the festival; two from Swindon, one from Dursley, Weston-Super-Mare, and Highworth, and a combined squad from Reading, Abingdon, Lambourn and Cirencester.

The Festival was won by the 479ers, one of the two Swindon based teams.

Mo Squires, Swindon Netball Development Officer, launched the first weekly Walking Netball session at Dorcan on 11th August 2015 so this Festival was organised to celebrate the second anniversary of Walking Netball in Swindon.

Mo took this opportunity to raise some money for the Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal (Swindonians need to raise £2.9million towards the cost of building a radiotherapy unit in the town), and an incredible £918.40 was raised on the day.

It is hoped this Festival will be an annual event to continue to celebrate the success of Walking Netball in the local area.

Walking Netball is happing every day in and across Swindon, with the except of Saturday. Contact Wiltshire NDO (Emily Harrison) for more information Emily.harrison@englandnetball.co.uk

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wedNEWSday: Walk of the Town

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Walk of the town

Through an Active Ageing Forum that Active Gloucestershire ran earlier this year, the University of The Third Age caught wind of Walking Netball and wanted to know more, and pronto!

Only a matter of months later, a six week trial block has recently concluded with an average of 24 ladies turning up weekly. This weekend the group have entered into a Walking Netball Festival in Wiltshire and, through minimal persuasion, the assigned Walking Netball Host is continuing to the end of this month, with a handover coach ready to take the reigns in September.

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wedNEWSday: It’s one big Netball Party

Each week we will bring you a good news story from across the South West on wedNEWSday! Due to some technical issues this week wedNEWSday is late so for one week only, thursNEWSday is here (don’t worry, we will be back to normal next week!)

It’s one big Netball Party

For the third year running, King Edwards School in Bath played host to another successful Netball Youth Camp last week. The sold out camp saw 33 enthusiastic netballers (aged 11-16 years) take to court and take part in sessions focused on attack, ball handling, defending, creating space, through court play and even video analysis and umpiring basics!

Day 1 was all about getting to know one another and team building skills, before cramming in sessions on ball handling, passing and ways to get free – with some seriously good reverse pivots on show! England U21 and Team Bath player, Paige Reed, made an appearance in the afternoon and not only treated the girls to a mini shooting masterclass, but also gave the players a great insight into her netball journey and what she gets up to on/off the court.

After an Aerobics warm up on Day 2, the camp’s focus turned to skills challenges against the clock and defending skills before taking on the Crazy Catches after lunch. The day finished off with a coaches’ and players’ favourite – 3 way bench ball (which is as manic, and awesome, as it sounds!) – even the coaches couldn’t resist joining in, in the last game of the day (much to the parents’ amusement!).

Building on the previous day’s success, Day 3 kicked off with 4 way bench ball (even more fun!) and then moved on to several tactics’ sessions on through court play, creating space and even a video analysis session looking at centre passes and backline passes. Then down to the real business of the day…the camp tournament. After some extremely close matches, final standings where added to the lunch time quiz scores and the “Smurfs” were crowed the 2017 Bath NYC winners!!

A huge thank you goes to this year’s coaching team – Nic Humphrys, Amy Wiltshire and Emily Harrison – who planned/delivered some fantastic sessions. It’s fair to say everyone involved in this year’s camp, both players and coaches, had a brilliant 3 days, learnt a lot and made some great netball friends. We are already counting down the days to Bath NYC 2018!!

If you would like to register your details for next summer’s camp and other England Netball camps in the Bath area, please contact Emily.Harrison@englandnetball.co.uk

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wedNEWSday: Squire’s Junior Netball Tournament

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Squire’s Junior Netball Tournament

On Saturday 17th June teams from all over the South West took part in Swindon’s Squires Junior Netball Tournament to raise funds for The Alzheimers Society. This was the 5th Squires Tournament and each year a different charity is chosen, the day was a huge success and raised a massive £3300 for The Alzheimers Society. This means that the club have now raised nearly £14000 for charities through their Squires Tournament since 2013.

The event took place at the Dorcan Dome and was organised by Raychem but the day run by volunteers from Raychem and the Swindon Netball community. The tournament attracted teams from Swindon, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Devon, Exeter, Salisbury and Southampton.

Three competitions ran on the day with teams competing in the under 12, under 14 and under 16 age groups.

Lawn took victory in the under 12 event, beating Raychem in the final.

In the under 14 competition, Southampton side Swan Rubies came out on top with Raychem again occupying the runners up spot.

Lawn took victory in the under 16 category as they beat Cirencester in the final.

Swindon’s England Under 21 international star Shona O’Dwyer presented the medals and trophies.

Several businesses sponsored the event including Monarch Roofing, T H Burroughs, Helen Browning Chop House, Wilson Tool, ASAP Personal Couriers, St James Place and Boswells.

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