Last weekend the national Goalden Globe Awards took place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry to celebrate the outstanding work and dedication of all of England Netball’s volunteers and to present the national awards to the regional Goalden Globe winners.
All of the South West’s regional winners were among the nominees for their respected categories and enjoyed a Great Gatsby themed evening alongside the finest names in netball including The Roses head coach Tracey Neville.
Congratulations to Danny Neill (Dorset & South West) who was the winner of the Grassroots Officials Award. Danny has been heavily involved in officiating for a number of years and currently chairs the Netball South West Education and Training Group which looks at developing coaches and officials across the region. Danny launched the Talented Young Umpire Programme with the vision of having a group of young volunteers pass their A Award and earlier this year 2 officials were successful in doing this, thanks largely to the support Danny gave them over the last 6 years.
Another big congratulations goes to Active Devon for winning the Rose Award. Active Devon have made an exceptional contribution to netball by having innovative funding programs which have enabled netball to be activated in Devon as well as promoting and actively assisting with working partnerships between themselves, the leisure industry, local authority partners and England Netball. Active Devon were also celebrated for their successes with the Active Villages Netball project, the Active Communities project and their workforce bursary which has seen over 100 new netball players introduced to the game, 4 new adult and 3 new junior netball clubs formed and supported 51 coaches develop their skills and gain UKCC qualifications.
A massive well done to both winners as well as all of the regional Goalden Globe winners who were nominated for national awards.