#wedNEWSday – Lili John is ‘Walking this Way’

Each week we bring you a good news story from across the South West as part of our wedNEWSday articles.

Early this year Lili John contacted the Devon Community Foundation (http://devoncf.com) as she was looking for funding to run walking netball sessions in Kingsbridge. When they heard about why she wanted the money, they were keen to help and they encouraged Lili to think bigger and offer her services to a wider group of people. And so, Lili’s Social Entrepreneur project ‘Walk This Way’ came into being.

In the summer Lili was awarded money by UnLtd (https://www.unltd.org.uk/our-work/our-focus-areas/solutions-for-an-ageing-society) from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Fund. The Grant was given to set up Walking Netball Programmes in 3 x areas in South Devon over a 12 month period. The Walking Netball Programmes are not just about the sport of netball, they have wider community goals and are seen as ways to engage with older people and keep them active in their community.

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. They do this by funding the charitable work of organisations that are building an inclusive, creative and sustainable society.  https://www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk

Lili is currently working through everything and already has one scheme up and running in Kingsbridge, bright and early on Sunday mornings at Quayside Leisure Centre from 9 am until 10 am. There will be a new programme in Newton Abbot starting in November, starting from tomorrow (1st November) at Teign School in Kingsteignton between 6 pm and 7 pm. The third set of sessions will beginning in Totnes in January 2019.

Lili is such an inspiration to the community and raising the profile of walking netball in the South West. She has even been invited to UnLtd’s event which celebrates Social Entrepreneurs who are making a difference in an ageing society being held in Birmingham in November. We hope you enjoy the event and keep up the great work!

Each week we will be updating you on a good news story from the South West as part of our new wedNEWSday articles. If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to Laura Woodruff (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)

#wedNEWSday – Net10 reaches new goals

Each week we bring you a good news story from across the South West as part of our wedNEWSday articles.

Over the past couple of weeks the Net10 for Life campaign in partnership with Cancer Research has taken place across the Country.Many clubs across the South West have taken part and currently raised £1,253.62 which is the highest total across the other England Netball Regions. Clubs took part in netball activity such as a donation per goal, having a tournament between seniors and juniors and even a bake sale. 

On Monday 8th October Bournemouth Netball Club began their Net10 for Life Challenge to see how many goals they could get in two minutes.  Jackie Berry, club chairman set the goal at 15, challenging the rest of the club to beat her, and pledge a donation per goal. During the training night all the juniors had the opportunity to take part, along with their parents and there was even a Grandad who had a go! All the players enjoyed it, and the challenge was won by one of the Under 16 players, Maria Thompson who was working with the Under 9’s and managed 36 goals!  The adult club members took over after that and pledged per goal during their week night fixtures, taking the club total to £486.00.

‘We have loved taking part in the challenge, it has been uniting as a club, and a wonderful opportunity to help Cancer Research UK’South West Dorset Netball League had a match night 11 Oct 2018 where they raised £145.00. Everyone had to wear something pink, there were pink tutus, pink legwarmers, neon pink face paint and even pink hair! While on the 18th October, Bude Netball Club had a senior tournament and inviting all juniors and seniors to wear something pink raising £256.00 

Many thanks to all the clubs that took part and helped the South West Region reach their mammoth target. If you haven’t already added the money you raised to the link below, please do so, so we can get our final target.

Each week we will be updating you on a good news story from the South West as part of our new wedNEWSday articles. If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to Laura Woodruff (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)

#wedNEWSday – Dorset County Playoffs Under 14 & 16’s

Each week we bring you a good news story from across the South West as part of our wedNEWSday articles.

On 9th September 2018 Teams, Coaches and Umpires from Dorset travelled to Sir David English sports centre in Bournemouth to take part in this year’s County Playoffs to head to Regionals for the 2018/2019 season.

First up were the Under 14’s; each game was very competitive and well played by all teams involved.

Final standings and representing Dorset for U14 regional:

  1. 1) Poole
  2. 2) Wimborne
  3. 3) North Dorset

Next up were the Under 16’s; again, each game was very competitive and well played by all teams involved, and this year saw Dorset choosing between 5 teams to represent Dorset at Regional U16, which we have never had before.

Final standings and representing Dorset for U16 regional:

  1. 1) Poole
  2. 2) North Dorset A
  3. 3) Wimborne

Representing Dorset at the Under 14 regional tournament proved a hit for the teams as Wimborne and Poole made it into Division 1 and were winners of their pools and North Dorset making Division 2. Good Luck for your next fixtures.

We look forward to hearing how the U16 teams do at the seeding tournaments down in Paignton in the next couple of weeks.

Each week we will be updating you on a good news story from the South West as part of our new wedNEWSday articles. If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to Laura Woodruff (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)

#wedNEWSday – Congratulations Sue

This week’s WedNEWSday is a very special congratulations to one of our regional staff, Sue Anderson who got married to her partner Adrian in a small ceremony in Bristol in August.

It seems only right that we have chosen to send our congratulations to Sue on the day we are celebrating Back to Netball’s 10th Birthday – as in her role as Bristol’s Netball Development Community Coach, she is the absolute queen of Back to Netball and all the programme stands for inspiring and supported thousands of women to get back on court!!

Congratulations Sue and Adrian – wishing you lots of love and happiness!

Each week we will be updating you on a good news story from the South West as part of our new wedNEWSday articles. If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to Laura Woodruff (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)

#wedNEWSday – Welcome aboard Issy

Each week we bring you a good news story from across the South West as part of our wedNEWSday articles.

However this week is slightly different, we are giving a warm welcome to Issy Farrell who has become the Youth Representative on the South West Regional Management Board, making her the youngest member.

Here is a little bit more about Issy:

She is originally from Gloucestershire, currently studying PE & Sports Studies at the University of Worcester with the aim of becoming a secondary school teacher. She plays for both the university team in Worcester, last season playing within the 3rd squad and currently plays at Hucclecote Netball Club in Division 1. She also coaches the U13 section at Hucclecote with a brilliant bunch of girls keen to learn. Her other sporting love is hockey where she plays for a local team and once played for England!

Issy’s main aim with the role is to get as many young girls as possible enthused by the sport and wanting to participate in it. Within this role she wants to offer a range of opportunities that will both attract and sustain our numbers within the South West to find a love for netball.

Issy has said ‘I’m so excited to begin my time as youth rep because I want to be able to get involved through a hands on approach by tackling some of the issues within the county and being able to make a difference to south west netball’

If you would like to know more about Issy’s role or have any more questions for her, then please do not hesitate to contact her on: youth@netballsouthwest.co.uk

Each week we will be updating you on a good news story from the South West as part of our new wedNEWSday articles. If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to Laura Woodruff (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)