wedNEWSday: Regional B2N (North) Champions

It’s that time of the week again – wedNEWSday – where we bring you a netballing good news story from across the South West. This week we are celebrating the success of our recent Back to Netball festival. Make sure you come back next wedNEWSday for another great story!

Regional Back to Netball (North) Champions – Black & Blue

 On Sunday, six Back to Netball teams from Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Avon came together for the Regional Back to Netball (North) Festival. It was held at Bentham Country Club (Gloucester) with an all-play-all structure. The top four performing teams then progressed through to the Final and 3rd vs. 4th play off.

The final results were as follows:

1st – Black & Blue (as seen in photo)

2nd – Malmesbury

3rd – Chippenham Vixens

4th – St Barnabas

Joint 5th – Mira Masters and Chippenham Vipers

Well done to all who took part, especially Black & Blue from Avon. In addition, we raised £105 for England Netball’s partner charity, Cancer Research UK.

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wedNEWSday: New arrival

Every wedNEWSday we bring you a good news story from across the South West, this week is great news about a new arrival! Make sure you check back next wedNEWSday for more good news!

New arrival

We are delighted to announce that Jenny Hannis, South West Regional Manager, gave birth to a beautiful baby boy – Thomas Michael – on Monday 9th January.

Rachel Bussey, Regional Development Officer, and Helen Wynn, Head of Programmes & Partnerships, will be collectively covering Jenny’s role whilst she is on maternity leave.

Congratulations, Jenny – enjoy!

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Brand New NSW U15 State School Festival & 2nd Annual U13 State School Festival

Netball South West are pleased to announce we are launching a BRAND NEW U15 State School Festival in conjunction with the 2nd Annual U13 State School Festival.

These NSW events will aim to provide competition for players and schools that may not be involved in other regional/national netball competitions and is open to all state schools with no limitations.

Three festivals will be held in North, Mid and South venues across the region for both U13 and U15s so there are plenty of opportunities for all players! The details of the Festivals can be found below:

 

NSW U13 State School Festival – Wednesday 8th March 2017

Host Venues

North Venue – Merchants Academy, Bristol (2pm – 5pm)

Mid Venue – Kingdown School, Warminster (2pm – 5pm)

South Venue – Torquay Girls Grammar School, Torquay (2pm – 5pm)

 

NSW U15 State School Festival – Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Host Venues

North Venue – Merchants Academy, Bristol (2pm – 5pm)

Mid Venue – The Blandford School, Blandford Forum (2pm – 5pm)

South Venue – Paignton Academy, Paignton (2pm – 5pm)

 

If you are interested in entering a team(s) into these exciting competitions please find the relevant booking form below or contact Sam Kemp, Regional Co-ordinator at southwest@englandnetball.co.uk for more information.

Thank you

NSW would also like to say a big thank you to Merchants Academy, Kingdown School, Torquay Girls Grammar School, The Blandford School and Paignton Academy who are kindly supporting and hosting the events.

U13 State Schools Comp – Entry Form 2017

U15 State Schools Comp – Entry Form 2017

wedNEWSday: Avon Netball Coaches – The next generation

WedNEWSday this week highlights a great opportunity within Avon where the next generation of netball coaches are being developed and supported. Each wedNEWSday we will bring you a good news story across the region so check our website and social media each week so you don’t miss out!

Avon Netball Coaches – The next generation

Nine young netballers have recently been accepted onto The West of England Sport Trust’s (Wesport) Young Coach Recognition Programme.

The programme is aimed at young coaches (aged 14-18) who are keen to embark on the first steps of their coaching journey. The programme will introduce the young coaches to a variety of skill sets and will support them to start (or continue) to support the delivery of their chosen sport, in their club environment or elsewhere.

The young netball coaches, who had to apply to be a part of this programme, will be invited to attend a free training day during February half term where they will attend workshops/ training that will cover 1st Steps into coaching, Delivering Engaging Sessions and Fundamentals of Movement.  And if that wasn’t enough, those who are eligible will also be able to access a coach bursary to enable them to complete their UKCC Level 1 qualification.

Emily Harrison, Avon and Wiltshire Netball Development Officer, said,

“What an incredible opportunity for the next generation of netball coaches in Avon to access. It’s great to see these young coaches coming forward and taking up this opportunity and to be able to start their coaching journey with such a great base of knowledge will be invaluable to them. I know many of them are already supporting sessions at their own clubs and I look forward to supporting them as their progress towards their qualifications and towards leading club and other netball sessions in the future!”

Congratulations and good luck to the following young coaches who will be a part of the upcoming programme:

Sarah Appleby, Mia Regan, Michaella Moreton, Emily Gunn, Chloe Carchrie, Millie Stanford, Abbey Cox, Jasmine Mainstone & Sophie Hay.

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wedNEWSday: Walk of the Town

Happy New Year! We Hope you had an excellent and relaxing Christmas and are ready for a 2017 packed full of netball. Our first wedNEWSday story of 2017 shares all the great media attention that Walking Netball is experiencing. Make sure you check our website and social media every wedNEWSday throughout 2017 for more good news stories from the South West!

Walk of the town

 Walking Netball in the South West has featured on both national and local radio over the past couple of months.

The BBC Radio 4 Today programme visited the Haydon Centre in Swindon (Wiltshire) in December and the producers recorded both footage and audio from the session. Mo Squires, Walking Netball host, and Helen Wynn, Head of Programmes and Partnerships at England Netball, were interviewed, along with participants taking part in the session.

Listen again by clicking on the link below (45 minutes 55 seconds in):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b086ly6q

Gloucestershire based Walking Netball host, Gilly Salter, recently spoke on BBC Radio Gloucestershire about her experiences of Walking Netball in the county.

Listen again by clicking on the link below (1:46.30 in):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04ks8vs

If you are interested in taking part in Walking Netball make sure you get in touch with your local Netball Development Officer, details can be found here.

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wedNEWSday: Plymouth UNO Success

The last wedNEWSday story of 2016 comes from the Plymouth University Netball Officer who explains her successes during her first term in the role. Check us out throughout 2017 where we will be bringing your a good news story each week from across the South West!

Elanor James from Plymouth University comments on the success of her first term as an UNO

As Plymouth’s first University Netball Officer (UNO) I wasn’t sure what to expect, but after a wonderful two days training in Birmingham with England Netball and the other UNOs in September, I quickly became exited to start the role and put into practice the ideas that I had.

We have had a busy term with an increase of 81 people attending the ‘give it a go’ sessions from last year, and 12 society teams entering into the mixed Intramural League (played on a Monday and a Thursday). As well as pay and play sessions, we also had a professional coach attend to work on basics and confidence.

Each week I see an improvement in all the teams’ game play and although the Intramural is a social league, it definitely brings out everyone’s competitive side! It’s great to see both men and women playing together as netball is a sport that brings out everyone’s enjoyment. It’s prompted more people to join our University Netball Club, as well as encouraged more people to join clubs and enter mixed leagues and tournaments in their home towns. This increase of interest and passion in netball is extremely positive to see and hopefully everyone will continue to play both at university and at home.

I have had a fabulous time this term organising the sessions and can’t wait for next term to carry on with the league and start to advertise the mixed charity netball tournament which is at the beginning of February. Recently, a few of us have participated in an officiating course and so are exited to continue to practice our umpiring.

This role has brought me more confidence and an even bigger love for netball than before – I couldn’t have done it without the help of my friends who have been umpiring and running the league with me. The support off the sports staff members and those at England Netball has also been fantastic and this term could not have run this smoothly without them.

Plymouth UNO

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wedNEWSday: Walking Netball is coming to Somerset

This weeks wedNEWSday features our first story from Somerset where they have secured funding to promote and support Walking Netball across the region.  Each week we will be brining you a different good news story from across the South West so make sure you check our website and social media!

Walking Netball is coming to Somerset!

Walking Netball in Somerset has been given a boost as they have secured funding to run a Walking Netball programme from Somerset County Council’s Public Health Team.

The funding is being used to support aspiring Walking Netball hosts to gain a qualification and set up 10 Walking Netball sessions across Somerset. It is hoped this will encourage more women to become active and inspire them to start their own Walking Netball sessions.

At the recent Walking Netball Host Training workshop held at Westfield Academy 11 out of the 20 attendees were from Somerset and each of the brand new hosts will be looking to launch Walking Netball in the New Year.

Walking Netball is a slower version of the game; it is netball, but at a walking pace. The game has been designed so that anyone can play it regardless of age or fitness level.

From those who have dropped out of the sport they love due to serious injury, to those who believed they had hung up their netball trainers many years ago, it really is for everyone.

Women across the South West and the country have begun playing the game of Walking Netball for the fun, laughter and camaraderie the social session brings, as much as the health benefits on offer. It can give those who feel isolated an outlet, provide an activity for those who don’t deem themselves fit enough to run anymore and offer a stepping stone for those looking for a pathway back into netball.

Make sure you keep your eye out on the Somerset Netball website and social media so you can take part in a Walking Netball session near you or contact Amy Wiltshire, Somerset Netball Development Officer (amy.wiltshire@englandnetball.co.uk) for more information.

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wedNEWSday: Swindon Vixens NC successful in obtaining Core Inclusive Club support

We have a great wedNEWSday good news story for you this week. Swindon Vixens, a Wiltshire-based inclusive netball club, are benefiting from the support of a brand new England Netball programme. Make sure you take a look at our website each week for more good news story from across the SW!

Swindon Vixens NC successful in obtaining Core Inclusive Club support

Netball South West (NSW) are delighted to announce that Wiltshire-based Swindon Vixens Netball Club are one of only nine clubs nationally invited to participate in the recently launched Core Inclusive Clubs Programme.

The new Core Inclusive Clubs grant programme was launched by England Netball and all clubs were invited to apply for resources and support to increase their inclusive footprint.

Core Inclusive Clubs will receive grants of up to £1000 and participate in a programme of planning and training that will allow the club to develop the confidence, knowledge, skills and partnerships that will allow the club to open their doors to the community, and provide environments that are welcoming and inclusive.

Swindon Vixens Netball Club 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.

Thanks to a successful bid for a NSW Community grant and match funding from Wiltshire Netball, together with discounted court costs from ‘Better’, Swindon Vixens NC have been able to keep their costs to a minimum and therefore accessible.

Around 11 million people or 20% of the population in the UK have a disability. England Netball is committed to the inclusion of people of all abilities to enjoy the benefits of netball that include positive mental health and wellbeing, social and confidence outcomes.

Disabled people participate far less than non-disabled people in physical activity and recreation activities. Only 18% of disabled people do at least 30 minutes of exercise per week. Despite this, more than 70% of disabled people want to participate in more sport and physical activity.

Swindon Vixens

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Regional Schools venue confirme

The regional schools (U14, U16 and U19) venue has been confirmed as Marlborough College and will take place on Saturday 28th January 2017.

Please keep in touch with your county contacts for more information about this competition.

wedNEWSday: Haytor Hearts finalist in Teignbridge Sports Personality Awards 2016

It is that time of the week again and this wedNEWSday story features some potential award winners from Devon! Check back next week for another good news story from across the SW!

Haytor Hearts finalist in Teignbridge Sports Personality Awards 2016

Haytor Hearts Netball Club have been announced as one of three shortlisted finalists in the prestigious Teignbridge Sports Personality Awards 2016, for the ‘Club of the Year’ category.

The Award, sponsored by Bayside Graphics, is in recognition of a club who has achieved success within their sport from September 2015 to September 2016. Finalists have been selected based upon their success in both performance and/or community sport development.

Haytor Hearts is in the running for the Award along side Newton Abbot Somersaults Gymnastics Club
and Teignmouth Beach Lifesaving Club. An Awards evening will take place at the Langstone Cliff Hotel on Friday 2nd December, where category winners will be announced.

Over the past year the Haytor Hearts has welcomed over 40 people from the area back to netball. They came 4th in their pool at their first Regional Back to Netball Tournament in January 2016, and were Runners-Up in the first Local Back to Netball Summer League 2016 playing teams across Teignbridge and Torbay. As well as fundraising for the newly resurfaced courts, the club has also raised over £1000 for Cancer Research UK this year by taking part as a team in the charity’s Race for Life 5k Mud Run in July.

Haytor Hearts Netball Club was set up in August 2015 by two local ladies Carla Faulkner and Georgie Hart, at a rural court in Ilsington, on Dartmoor.

“Many of our players are returners to sport, and our club has provided them with the local means to take part. We have had fantastic feedback from the local community, who are very supportive of our club and the positive impact it is having on the community,” said Carla Faulkner.

Haytor Hearts train at the Ilsington Playing Fields newly refurbished courts during term time on Tuesday evenings from 6:45pm. £3 for club members, £4.50 for non-club members. Sessions are run by local coach and fitness trainer, Kate Bairstow. The first Tuesday of the month is always a mixed session. If you are interested in finding out more about the club, contact Carla Faulkner on 07915390250, or pop along to a Tuesday evening session.

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