#WedNEWSday – Previous Weston Student moving up the ranks at Severn Stars

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A previous student from Priory Community School Academy in Weston Super Mare has slowing been moving up the rank at Severn Stars. Chloe Carchrie got her first taste of netball in her last year of primary school, but really started being passionate about the sport during her first year at her secondary school (PCSA).

During her time at PCSA she competed in numerous competitions encouraging her to develop her netball skills and competitive edge. At age 13 Chloe was put forward to trial for Avon Satellite Netball Academy by her netball teacher Miss Delaney. Chloe was fortunate to be selected by the academy and was part of the satellite and county pathway for 3 years. In 2017 Chloe trialled and was selected for Severn Stars U17, playing with the team at the annual NPL tournament in Nottingham for 2 consecutive years. For the last 2 seasons Chloe has been a starting 7 player for Severn Stars U19s, representing the team during the NPL season and at the 2019 NPL tournament in Nottingham. Her training has required her to travel weekly to Worcester and Gloucester and to play in matches all across the country. She was Player of the season for Severn Stars for the 2018/19 season which is a great achievement.

At club level Chloe started out playing for Clevedon Royals within their Youth, Adult and Youth Regional teams. In 2016, she moved netball clubs and joined Crossbow’s Adult 1st team playing at Regional 2 level when she was aged 15. In 2018 Crossbow were promoted into Regional 1 enabling Chloe to gain more experience in higher level netball. Alongside playing club netball Chloe represented Weston College on a number of occasions and In the 2018/19 season the college team became division champions.

This year Chloe will be starting a Sports and Exercise Science Degree at Gloucester University, with the aim of becoming a PE teacher in the future. She has been offered a sports scholarship at university and will be playing in their netball team alongside playing for Worcester Reds who play in the Premier 2 division. In August 2019 Chloe was contacted by England Netball Roses academy after her performance at the 2019 NPL tournament and was invited to attend the England Roses Academy summer camp and trials. After a week of training and trials Chloe was selected for the 2019/20 England Roses U19 Academy and is looking forward to learning and developing with the squad over the coming year. With the ultimate aim to be selected to represent England at the U19s summer tour next year.

Good Luck Chloe and we can’t wait to see you perform over the season.

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#wedNEWSday – West Devon numbers sore in Back to Netball

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West Devon Netball have had huge success as a result of the Netball South West Community Grant that they were awarded and would like to say thank you to the Regional Management Board for their support.

They started off a project to encourage people within West Devon to either get back into Netball or try it for the first time as they anticipated interest would soar during and after the Netball World Cup. The project was run by a team of volunteers who all worked tirelessly to ensure the project was a success….and it was!

They ran 3 Netball sessions that were free to players looking to either get back into Netball or try Netball for the first time. They publicised the event using targeted advertising via social media and even managed to get our sessions mentioned on the television during our local news. 

Over the course of the project over 70 adult woman sign up to the sessions. In week 2 they saw over 50 people attending a single session! After the free sessions had finished the project finished off with a friendly world cup themed tournament which saw 4 teams (England, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa) battle it out for gold….thankfully this time England won. They supported players during the tournament with existing players from lower divisions of the league and handed out helpful guides which were packed with information on how to continue playing netball and join the West Devon league. 

After the 3 free sessions had finished the demand was still high to continue so the decision was made to run additional sessions to keep up with demand whilst they confirmed details of our new ‘Back To Netball’ session. Numbers have been continuously high and more people within West Devon are enjoying Netball as a result. 

The participants all commented on how much fun they had and how well run the sessions were and with over 95% of them wanting to continue Netball in some capacity, classifying this project as a huge success.

Recently our new ‘Back To Netball’ session launched off the back of players wanting to continue and one new team has already been formed and will be entering the West Devon League this month with another hoping to enter after Christmas.

You can view the round up video of the events here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-pnGRzZiNHMufWBDj0k8ug

Thanks again for the support, Brooke Fairgrieve, part of the West Devon Netball Board said ‘we are incredibly excited to have motivated and aided lots of new people within our area to fall in love with Netball again’.

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#wedNEWSday – Helen’s competition story….

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Helen Jones was our winner of the Netball Summer competition that Netball South West ran, read her story here:

‘Well, what can I say, other than what a summer of netball that has been enjoyed by all and inspired many.

Firstly both teams I play for, got promoted (not entirely sure this was anything to do with me as sometimes I catch the ball with my face  🤣 ). I’ve gone to work with that many different bruises at times, I’ve been pulled aside and asked if everything was OK at home. #netballproblems.

Then the Netball World Cup. I booked it all off work. As I was breaking up, work colleagues: ‘enjoy your leave… you going anywhere nice?’ (As they’re talking about all the lovely hot destinations they’re going to)

Me: ‘er yea…. it’s the Vitality Netball World Cup, two weekends in Liverpool and then the week days in a full netball coma watching as many games as possible, with the massive snack box prepared next to me and England flag face paint!. Work colleagues : 🙄 ‘oh ok… errrr.. have fun’

Firstly a surprise hen do for my friend. Apartment booked and off we went on our road trip to Liverpool. Amazing outfits for the hen, dressed as a wasp the first day (Go WASPS). What a secret to keep for a year of booking the tickets. Amazing time at both England games on the Saturday and Sunday.

A week of watching as many games as possible and eating the contents of the snack box. 🍫🍿🍭🍰

Then another weekend away with my netball team. Absolutely gutted we lost, lots of 😢. But then watching the final, wow, feeling inspired (to try and catch the ball properly!) and to have that faith in myself to make a difference. Amazing memories made with my netball family.

By chance I met these incredible group of ladies, by luck they became my friends. Netball is about bringing people together from all backgrounds, as individuals we couldn’t be more different, but with a love for the sport. Bring on the winter season. Fast5 tickets booked, Super league in Jan and Commonwealth in 3 years!’

What a story about a netball summer and we hope you have enjoyed your netball summer as much as Helen.

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#wedNEWSday – Its that time of year again… Preseason tournaments

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Fourteen regional league teams from across all divisions entered the pre-season friendly tournament held on Sunday 1st Sept at the University of Exeter Sports Park. Teams were giving a run-out to their new squads before the league season starts.

The playing format was in two groups of 7, with each team playing each other in their groups.

The winner of group A was Mavericks from Div 2 who won all their matches, with Exeter, newly promoted to Div 1 for this season, finishing second.

Mavericks

Group B saw Cornwall Saints, new to Div 2, winning all their matches, except for a draw with Teignbridge Titans. Carol Anne, also from Div 2 finished as runners-up

Mavericks beat Carol Anne in the first semi-final, with Saints losing to Exeter in the other semi.

The final was close with Exeter unable to hold on to their first half lead and losing by one goal to an experienced Mavericks team.

The playoff between the losing semi-finalists saw Saints beat Carol Anne to take 3rd place.

Thanks to the all the umpires and scorers, and to Exeter Netball club who supplied the refreshments

Good luck to all teams in the new season.

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