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 ( 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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