#wedNEWSday – Gloucestershire WI’s are wiggling onto Court

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Since England Netball and the Women’s Institute (WI) created their partnership, numerous individuals have got a wiggle back on court by taking part in Walking netball sessions. Marle Hill WI and Hartpury WI’s (Gloucestershire) formed a joint partnership as part of the national programme and have completed their 20 week block of supported sessions with England Netball.

 

For the last supported session they organised and held a mini tournament with a Walking Netball group from Cirencester, which saw the players put what they had learnt in a competitive environment which they all enjoyed. They will now continue to run the sessions themselves as one of their players Liz Henchy has qualified as a WI Walking Netball Host from the recent training course in Bristol. Liz will begin coaching this week assisting with existing host Vicki Wood and they are looking forward to continuing Walking Netball with these WI’s.

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#wedNEWSday – Thank you Roses

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As the selectors stow their clipboards and the training bibs are sent to the wash, Galmington Netball Club (GNC) pause to reflect on the enormity of what has just happened.

GNC has celebrated its 50th Birthday this September.  The club (based in Taunton, Somerset) boasts a thriving High 5 and Junior section as well as senior teams representing the club in all 4 of Somerset’s competitive leagues and a further three teams in South West Regional League 1, 2 and 3.

When GNC began to publicise its first ever whole club open night back in February of this year, nobody dared to imagine that it would take place mere days after our English Roses made history, clinching the Common Wealth Games gold medal.

It was clear early on that England’s best had inspired a nation as GNC welcomed 55 new players through its doors that breezy evening in April.  The CWG gold was on everyone’s lips that night – sharing stories of ‘that last goal’ and ‘can you believe it’. The buzz was palpable and it was infectious!

Fast-forward to the present day and GNC had a mind-blowing selection period in the dawn of the 2018/19 season.  An unprecedented number of players donned their trainers and hit the court to compete for a place in one of GNC’s seven senior league teams.

Amongst the 35 new trialists were players taking the step from social to club netball; players who had been part of GNC as school girls but had decided to get back in to the game, and; those who had moved from other club’s in search of regional league opportunities.

When asked ‘why now?’ and ‘why netball?’ it was clear that the love of our great game is spreading far and wide, from grass roots level and beyond.  New players talked about the success of our national side and the opportunity to access competitive and/or friendly netball locally as factors that contributed to their decision to join a club.

2018/19 will mark a huge leap forward for GNC as it enters an additional two teams in to The Somerset League as well as a further two social league sides, taking their total number of senior teams up to 11!  GNC continues to get a steady stream of new players so much so we’re wondering where we are going to put them all!

Furthermore, in a bid to accommodate everyone and get even more women involved in our great game, GNC launched it’s very own Back to Netball session in September. B2N is thriving with a core group coming to training to each week and finding their way in competitive fixtures in the local friendly league – getting so many new women active in netball week after week is something we’re very proud of.

We’ve retained all of our new joiners who trialed at the start of the season and with mid-season trials taking place tonight we know of at least 10 new women coming to join us on court! Netball is going crazy!

GNC has tipped the 230 members mark! That’s 230 girls, women & volunteers actively involved in netball each week. Netball is taking the country by storm just now and the South West, Somerset and Galmington Netball Club couldn’t be happier! Thank you England’s Roses!!!

Written by Abbie Barker, GNC.

For more information on Galmington Netball Club contact galmingtonnetball@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/GalmingtonNetballClub/?ref=br_rs

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 – 100,000 women are taking a shot at Back to Netball

A whopping 100,000 women across the country are playing Back to Netball; England Netball’s flagship participation programme, which first launched 10 years ago to encourage people of all ages to play the sport recreationally.

England Netball has announced that 30-year-old Alexandra Challis from Bristol, was the 100,000th person to sign up to the programme.

To celebrate the growth and success of Back to Netball, England Netball surprised Alexandra by turning up to her session with an array of prizes, including a trip to London to enjoy the final game of the three-match Vitality Netball International Series between England’s Vitality Roses and Uganda.

After being surprised, Alexandra, who is an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor, said: “I was not expecting that at all! It’s amazing, I never win anything so it was a very nice surprise – I’m very excited about it all.

To read more about Alexandra’s surprise and the England Netball programme visit the England Netball website.

Since the first Back to Netball session began in the East of England, interest in the programme has grown significantly, with more than 200 sessions now taking place each week across the whole country.

Back to Netball sessions can be found via the session finder on England Netball’s website.

#wedNEWSday – Netball fever spreads to Students

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The start of the university year has been and gone and for most students getting involved in a sport is what makes their university experience. University of Gloucestershire Netball Club have worked extremely hard to get a fantastic 111 girls signed up at the Fresher’s Fayre in September.

They were promoting England Netballs 16-21 social netball programme at the Fresher’s Fayre, in partnership with University of Gloucestershire Sport. They have two sessions running, a first at Gloucestershire university. One in Cheltenham and one at the new arena in Gloucestershire.

 

Their new fun sessions have been a huge success and seen a high number of girls getting involved in netball. They are also focussing their efforts on the ‘this girl can’ campaign which aims to get more girls actively involved in netball.

For more details on this or any of the sessions, please email amy.ruffell-hazell@englandnetball.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)