#wedNEWSday – Vitality Roses win gold at BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards

England’s senior netball team, the Vitality Roses, attended the 65th BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards on Sunday and scored two awards.

The Vitality Roses took home the Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year Award, which they were nominated for following their historic win at the Commonwealth Games in April 2018.

England’s triumphant moment at the Gold Coast was up against stiff competition for the award, which was opened up to public votes, including England’s win against Colombia on penalties to reach the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the moment Alastair Cook reached a century during his last Test innings before retiring, Tiger Woods’ win at the season-ending Tour Championship, and Tyson Fury coming back from two knockdowns against Deontay Wilder.

Ama Agbeze, captain of the Vitality Roses and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, said: “We’re ecstatic to be the recipients of this award. It’s amazing to be part of something that England Netball have been trying to achieve for years. It has been a long, long journey and each member of the squad and wider support network has a different story of the path they have taken towards their contribution.

“It’s been quite a whirlwind since the Games, with netball thrust into the spotlight in the UK, and more people taking the sport up daily. We love this game and are happy that others can share in that joy.

“To even be nominated for such a prestigious award is an honour; alongside some household names and other amazing achievements, but to win is unfathomable. There’s still so much we have to do, especially with the Vitality Netball World Cup next year in Liverpool.

“Thank you to the netball community, including the many new inductees – we’re grateful for the support.”

The excitement didn’t end there. The Vitality Roses were soon after crowned the winners of the prestigious Team of the Year Award.

Joanna Adams, CEO of England Netball, said: “We are so proud of all that Tracey Neville and the Vitality Roses have achieved over the last 12 months! Thanks to their incredible commitment, the hard work of everyone at England Netball and the support of all those that play, watch and support

netball throughout the country, this wonderful sport has grown significantly and netball fever has well and truly swept the nation. I’d also like to thank Sport England for their continued support of England Netball.

“After their success at the Commonwealth Games in April, Tracey and the team truly deserve these awards. A huge congratulations to all of them!”

The Vitality Roses will come together for the final time in January at the Vitality Netball International Series, as part of the Netball Quad Series, when they will face Australia, New Zealand and South Africa for the last time before the Vitality Netball World Cup in July 2019.


#wedNEWSday – Team White show success in the sunshine

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

Back at the end of November, 15 umpires went out to Dubai and took part in the Dubai Netball Sevens Tournament. The tournament took place on Thursday 29th November to Saturday 1st December and comprised of three competitions: Gulf Women, Open Youth and International Open Women.

This year there were 23 teams and approximately 200 games with teams coming from all over the UAE, Sri Lanka and South Africa. During the tournament there were mentoring opportunities, with Janice Treasure kindly providing invaluable support to improve key skills and assist the umpires to progress to the next qualification.


Congratulations to Louise Cole and Emma Carstedt-Duke for being selected to umpire the International Open Women Final and to Vanessa Taylor-Byrne who brought home the Umpire of the Tournament trophy.

The following umpires were selected by Netball South West, to represent Team White at the event which is run alongside the Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens:-

Nicky Shard-Palmer

Nicki Hindmarch

Karen Hill

Vanessa Taylor-Byrne

Emma Carstedt-Duke

Gina Pearce

Janice Treasure

Louise Cole

Barry Boyd

Tracie Hull

Kate Underwood

Janko Salzwedel

Teresa Slee

Katie Jones

Lisa Townsend

Everyone who took part had a wonderful time. There is nothing quite like umpiring in the sunshine!  The tournament was great fun with a fantastic atmosphere and the netball was of a very good standard.

Special thanks to Gina Pearce who organised the umpire selection process and masterminds the logistical arrangements to get our umpires to Dubai and safely home again.

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#wedNEWSday – Mental Health Workshop is a positive hit in Gloucestershire

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Last week, the first Netball South West Positive Mental Well-Being Workshop was run and organised by the Regional Management Board Youth Representative, Issy Farrel. The event was held at Cheltenham Ladies’ College for 14-16 years olds in the Gloucestershire area with the focus on supporting girls and accepting that ‘it’s ok not to be ok’.


The event was supported by Former Severn Stars player, Becky Oatley, Wendy Sharam and Ella Powell Davies who encouraged and informed the 75+ girls. Becky spoke about her experiences with mental illness throughout her career and how sport has aided her in her recovery. She said ‘it was good to share some laughter, some sadness, some honesty & hopefully a tiny bit of wisdom with netballers’.

Wendy ran a mindfulness session with the girls, looking at coping mechanisms and how different aspects of society can affect the girls lives, such as “who’s affected by body image”, “who’s affected by peer pressure?”.  She built on these with doing deep relaxation with the girls to be able to collect themselves along with a period of relaxation time.


In the sports hall young Severn Stars player Ella lead a teambuilding session with aspects of netball integrated in. The focus was for it to be fun for the girls so that they could work on communication, working as a unit and supporting one another.

The event was highly successful and enjoyed by all. Thank you so much to Issy for organising and to Becky, Wendy and Ella for your support and presentation during the sessions.

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)