#wedNEWSday – Netball Youth Camp bookings now Live!

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It’s that time of year again when are running Netball Youth Camps in the Summer holidays!

Netball Youth Camps give junior netballers the chance to get together with their friends and take to the court during the school holidays! This is a non-residential holiday camp providing ‘Nothing but Netball’ filled with top quality coaching and fun netball activities.

We have three day camps running around the region catering for girls and boys between the ages of 9-14. There will be plenty of fun, skills and match play as our expert coaches give tips to help improve play.

If you are the parent of a junior netball lover this is an unmissable holiday activity! There are even offers available for this camp – starting with a 10% sibling discount. Just enter SIBLING10 at the checkout (participants MUST be siblings to be eligible.) There is also a group discount for 10% off for groups of 5 or more children.

If you are a junior netball lover (or the parent of one!) these are an unmissable holiday activity.

See all the details to find a netball youth camp near you below and book your netball-loving junior players on to the camps today!

Tickets Event Name Date Timings Venue
BOOK NOW! Devon Netball Youth Camp
(Ages 9-11)
Monday 5th – Wednesday 7th August 10am-3pm Cranbrook Education Campus Exeter EX5 7EE
BOOK NOW! Gloucestershire Netball Youth Camp
(Ages 9-11)
Monday 5th – Wednesday 7th August 9am-5pm Hartpury Sports Academy, Hartpury College, Hartpury, Gloucester, GL19 3BE
BOOK NOW! Bath Netball Youth Camp
(Ages 11-14)
Monday 12th – Wednesday 14th August 10am-3pm Oldfield School, Kelston Road, Bath, BA1 9AB
BOOK NOW! Gloucestershire Netball Youth Camp
(Ages 11-14)
Monday 19th – Wednesday 21st August 9am-5pm Hartpury Sports Academy, Hartpury College, Hartpury, Gloucester, GL19 3BE
COMING SOON! SAVE THE DATE Taunton Netball Youth Camp
(Ages 11-14)
Thursday 29th – Saturday 31st July 10am-3pm Kings College, South Road, Taunton TA1 3LA

If you have any questions about this please visit the England netball website: https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/NYC or contact your local Netball development officer:

Devon – Jenny Kelly – Jennifer.Kelly@englandnetball.co.uk
Gloucestershire – Amy Ruffell-Hazell – Amy.Ruffell-Hazell@englandnetball.co.uk
Avon – Kerry Brooks – Kerry.brooks@englandnetball.co.uk
Somerset – Sammy Kemmish – Samantha.Kemmish@englandnetball.co.uk

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#wedNEWSday – Netballer honored at Walking Netball Festival

Each week we bring you a good news story from across the South West as part of our wedNEWSday articles. Make sure you check out our website each week to keep up to date and if you have a great story let us know using the details below!

A charity event was organised on 25th & 26th May 2019 by a group of former netballers from Dowty Netball Club. A whole weekend of events was planned; a walking netball festival, skittles, white elephant, tombola, raffle and live music followed by Sunday lunch and a quiz at Tewkesbury Rugby Club.

Sally grew up on a small housing estate in Tewkesbury and made many friends locally playing on the streets.  In the mid 1970’s a group of friends working for Racal-Redac played netball tournaments locally usually playing on grass.

Sally Collin’s Moss family

The event was co-ordinated by a group of fellow friends and netballers of Sally Collins Moss who sadly died on 13th December 2018 in Spain, moving to Spain for a life in the sun was Sally’s dream come true. Sadly, Sally became unwell and was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in July 2018.

Sally and Teri Watkins moved to work at Dowty’s and after winning a national netball tournament formed Dowty’s Netball club. Another local company Dowty’s Mining Equipment sponsored the team and marked out a court next to their car park. Dowty Dodgers joined the Gloucestershire Netball League in 1978. Within the first season of playing had enough for two teams; Dowty Dynamos, and eventually within 5 years, a third team Dowty Demons. Dowty’s built a new tarmac courts on their sports field and were able to use the clubhouse for changing and teas. Sally played for Dowty’s then moved to Nomads. Dowty’s eventually merged with Tewkesbury Ladies then Challengers from Cheltenham. Challengers now have regional team and over 100 juniors and seniors playing in the Gloucestershire leagues today.

There were 5 teams that entered the walking netball festival held over bank holiday at Tewkesbury Rugby Club.  The Walking Netball sessions only started this year at Tewkesbury Sports Centre under the England Netball Initiative. Gloucester Ladies Netball Club, newly formed Malvern Walking Netball, Tewkesbury Walking Netball, Tewkesbury ladies rugby club and a team comprised of former members of Dowty’s and Tewkesbury Ladies Netball Club called Roses, all took part. The Roses team were crowned the winners of the tournament.

Winning Roses team comprised of Dowty’s and Tewkesbury Ladies former players.

Maggie Cole former GS at Tewkesbury netball Club said “In accordance with Spanish law, Sally’s funeral took place less than 48 hours of her passing, denying family and friends in the UK the opportunity to bid her a personal farewell.

We didn’t want Sally’s untimely death to be in vain, and felt there was no better way of honouring our happy memories of Sally than hosting a charity event in her name to raise much needed funds to aid research into the disease.

My name’5 Doddie foundation was the charity nominated to receive the money raised on the day. This charity helps to fund research for Motor Neurone Disease. £1305 was raised.

All Players

Thanks go to Tewkesbury Rugby Club for their support and expertise, including first aid cover and marking out a court; Heather Battson for umpiring, Peter Hayward and Adela who took all the photographs. Thanks to Uni of Glos walking netball team who sent a donation as they were unable to attend.

Maggie Cole said “The original members of Racal and Dowty’s remain close friends to this day.  Netball is a great team sports where life long friendships can be formed”.

Thanks to the committee; Maggie Cole, Teri Watkins, Lesley Neild, Sandra Jones, Viviene Tinker, Mary Holtham, Tracey Broll and Eileen Dunlop and all Sally’s family, former netballers and their families who came along to support the event.

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#wedNEWSday – U13 Charity Tournament is supporting officiating in Africa

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On the 7th July the Youth Representative on the Netball South West Regional Management Board, Issy Farrel is hosting an U13 charity tournament. The tournament is taking place at Colston’s School in Bristol from 11am-3pm.

On the day there will be mini netball activities for all the family, a raffle, prizes, ice cream van and even an appearance from Team Bath Player Laura Rudland.

All proceeds for the tournament are going to Netball in Africa. Our Netball South West President, Denise May has previously done a lot of work in Ethiopia developing netball. With the funds raised they are looking to support with officiating resources for the local schools.

There are still spaces available if you have an U13 team who would like to take part. Please contact Youth@netballsouthwest.co.uk to enter a team.

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#WedNEWSday – The South West needs your VOTE

Each week we bring you a good news story from across the South West as part of our wedNEWSday articles. Make sure you check out our website each week to keep up to date and if you have a great story let us know using the details below!

Online voting for the 2019 Vitality Goalden Globes is now open!

Volunteers from across the country will all come together for an afternoon on Sunday 14th July at St George’s Hall in Liverpool to recognise the outstanding contributions they make to our sport.

Our South West winners need your vote. All the links are below, we’d love for you to show your support for our regional winners:  

Grassroots Coach Award: Alyssa Hadley

Alyssa dedication and knowledge of coaching has allowed her to become an integral part of Bodmin Netball Club, supporting and coaching all of the juniors providing coached session every week. Alyssa gives her time unconditionally to the club which has given so many opportunities to young girls.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/grassroots-coach

Sheelagh Redpath Grassroots Officials Award: Hazel Nicholls

Hazel gives so much time to umpiring and mentoring with club and county and her feedback is always useful. Her ability to motivate and to inspire individuals has seen more girls picking up a whistle and her husband to become her own personal scorer.  Her commitment to her development has continued with her passing her B Award Written in December.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Sheelagh-Redpath-grassroots-official

Mary Bulloch Administrator Award: Lin Oldham

Lin volunteers her time regularly updating the South West official’s database which allows umpires the opportunity to develop themselves. Lin supports the regional leagues by ensuring umpiring commitments are sent out, supporting private schools, the armed forces, universities and the super league franchises. The support and admin that she provides the region is highly valued even when she is all the way in Spain.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Mary-Bulloch-administrator-award

Muriel McNally Award: Jacqui Berry

As the founder of Bournemouth Netball Club, Jacqui has administrated the entire club, across the junior and senior sections. She can be found mentoring and supporting players doing their Duke of Edinburgh, coaching and umpiring qualifications. Jackie has adapted the already busy training sessions to include as many girls as possible so they can keep playing and develop love for the sport.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Muriel-McNally-award

Teacher Award: Hayley McCalister

Hayley is a fantastic role model and an inspirational coach that gives up so much of her time to help and motivate a huge number of pupils play and enjoy netball. She is a superb netball coach and her teams are always well drilled and tactically astute. She has had a positive influence on girls and boys wanting to join in with the extra-curricular activities and ensuring that her own school students have the opportunities to take part in netball, fixtures, tournaments, and leadership opportunities.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/teacher-award

Outstanding Netball Club: Bodmin Netball Club

Bodmin Netball club are a flourishing netball family who aspire for our members to enjoy netball and provide them with lots of opportunities.  We are highly active on social media promoting our club and raising the profile of netball. The community work sees the club support Bodmin Lions and Bodmin Rotary with community projects and host mixed netball tournaments to support other local charities. The dedicated team of volunteers generously give their time and energy into making the club so great.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/outstanding-club-award

Unsung Hero Award: Christine Laker

Christine has been responsible for the growth of the Plymouth Junior League from 11 teams to 49 in recent years. Her administration and organisation have helped the League to run smoothly and provide opportunities for the young players in our City to access competitive netball on a regular basis. Christine consistently attends all and every junior events including tournaments, festivals and fixtures and gains little recognition for all the time she gives.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/unsung-hero-award

Young Volunteer Award: Issy Farrel

Issy’s confidence for a young volunteer is outstanding, she had the confidence and presence of mind to step onto the regional management board comprising of older adults and has made a great contribution by ensuring the voice of young girls in the region is heard. Her connections and ability to organise an event saw the first Positive Mental Wellbeing workshop for 75 14 to 16 year olds which has been highly praised by all who attended.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/young-volunteer-award

The closing date to make your vote is the 21st June!

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