#WedNEWSday – Exciting changes for England Netball membership in 2019!

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

As you may have seen there are some exciting changes coming up for the England Netball membership in 2019.

England Netball are now simplifying the membership process and extending the support on offer. This includes:

🔸The introduction of individual sign up through a new membership system – from 2019 all club members will affiliate directly to England Netball. Hopefully this will remove the burden of affiliation processing at the start of the season for many clubs. To make it really easy for clubs the system can also collect your fees at the same time if you would like! We know this is a big change but don’t worry we’ll be talking to you a lot more about this over the coming months and making sure we design the system so you can see at the click of a button who still needs to pay!

🔸The removal of minimum club fees – Many clubs have told us that having to pay for a minimum of 10 members is a barrier to participation and a cost too high for some people. We’ve listened and decided to remove this requirement from next season

🔸Simplification of membership fee structure – There are currently over 1,400 different membership options dependent on age, location and the number of clubs someone plays for. We will be simplifying this so that it is easy for individuals to understand what they need to pay

🔸Launch of League Registration – England Netball will formally engage and offer a support package for affiliated leagues including a league management system and customisable website

These changes are designed to improve the experience for everyone and are planned to come into place during the summer of 2019 ahead of the 2019/20 membership season.

We are holding workshops across the region to introduce you to the changes and explain the benefits of the new NetbALL Connected system. All the details will be going to your club contacts tomorrow. To book onto your nearest workshop visit the England Netball website below: https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/m…/netball-connected-clubs/

All the details of the workshops in the south West are here:

30/04/2019
Devizes Leisure Centre, Southbroom Rd, Devizes SN10 5AB

20.30-21.30 – NetbALL Connected

09/05/2019
England Netball South West Regional Office, Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership, Castle Road, Chelston Business Park, Wellington, TA21 9JQ

16.00-17.15 – NetbALL Connected
17.45 -19.00 – New U11 Product
19.30-20.45 – NetbALL Connected

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the South West Regional Office or bring your questions to the NetbALL Connected workshop!

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 – Penny falls in love with Walking Netball

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

We know that there are a lot of individuals who have fallen in love with netball since participating in Walking Netball. Penny Pearkes is no different.

Penny is a Walking Netball participant from Devon and our Netball Development Officer, Jenny Kelly caught up with her about her experience of playing netball for the FIRST time, having been talked into attending a session by a relative in September 2018.

‘I’d never played netball at school, but took up Walking Netball at the age of 61 and even had the confidence to play in a Netball Festival in Plymouth within a few months. I find going to the gym on my own rather dull and lonely. This is a fun way of getting exercise within a group in a relaxed, happy atmosphere.  You can take a rest if you are getting tired and no one minds.  We always have a chat over a cuppa afterwards.  We are all ages, sizes and abilities.  The time goes really quickly and you feel great for having made the effort to exercise.  In fact, whilst enjoying learning the skills of this sport I completely forget about my arthritic knees as I am concentrating so much on getting free to catch the ball and pass it on to my team mates.  I am on the move for a whole hour and feel I could do more.  So much so, I have signed up for 2 more classes a week.  Some might say I have become addicted!’

If you are inspired by Penny’s story and would like to try Walking Netball, please find your nearest session here: https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/netball-sessions/ or you can contact your local Netball Development Officer. All their contact details can be found here: https://netballsouthwest.co.uk/in-my-county/

 

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 – Sue is swapping the netball court for the road

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

Our very own Sue Anderson, Bristol’s Netball Development Community Coach, is running the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for Leukaemia UK.

On New Year’s Eve 2018, Sue’s mum passed away after having a battle with Leukaemia. Sue said ‘Her mum was diagnosed in January 2017 with Leukaemia, she was so poorly that we were told she may not survive the week but my mum is not one for giving up and battled for 7 weeks when we finally got to take her home.’

‘She slowly got back on her feet but was always pretty weak, having a constant 28 day cycle of chemo where she would have to have two injections a day into her tummy for 10 days then get 18 off. With everything she went threw she never moaned once, just let the doctors and nurses do what they had to do.’

‘She is my true inspiration and so I decided to run the London marathon to raise money for Leukaemia. She was over the moon with the idea. Unfortunately on the 20th December last year she was rushed back into hospital and the disease had spread to her brain and she passed away 11 days later on New Year’s Eve.’

‘The pain in my heart will not subside but I am more determined than ever that I will run this race and raise as much money as I can in her memory.’

If you are inspired by Sue’s story and would like to donate then please use the link to do so: https://UK.virginmoneygiving.com/susananderson18.

Good luck Sue from all at Netball South West!

 

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)