#wedNEWSday – Netball Gets Moving at UWE

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The University of West England’s University Netball Officers have hit the ground running with their weekly netball league. 120 students attended the first session in September and with 75 of them having not played netball in the last year, the programme has been a great success in providing opportunities for students to get involved in something new to them. 

Tintin, Hannah, Rianna and Emma. University Netball Officers at the University of West England

Tamara Getter who is the Sport Experience Manager at the University of West England commented “Social Netball at UWE Bristol is a fundamental and important part of our MOVE participation programme which aims to provide fun, friendly and social activity for students, staff and the community. Partnering with England Netball gives our students the opportunity to apply for the role of UNO (University Netball Officer). This role gives them real life experience of organising and delivering a sports programme, national networking and enhancing their CV and employability upon graduation. Our UNO’s enable, encourage and organise over 150 people per week, to be active playing in our social netball league.”

The UNOs run a weekly league on a Thursday evening in which teams get to play matches against each other as well as meet new people and socialise. Emma, who is a 2nd year student, gave the UNO’s collective thoughts on what it’s like being an UNO:

“Although it is a lot of work organising so many people it is really worth it to get so many people active and involved in social sport, which is the main aim of the MOVE programme at UWE.
We have a huge range of abilities in our sessions, from people who have never played before to people who have been playing for years. It’s great seeing everyone playing together and having a good time regardless. It’s really rewarding that so many people come to the sessions as it really makes us feel like we must be doing a good job!”

Emma and Tintin with some of the netball teams at UWE

“We have such a great mixed group who are keen to get involved in netball this year, and we try to appeal to everyone by organising friendlies against other Universities to appeal to those who are keen to play competitively, as well as keeping the sessions fun and light-hearted for those who enjoy netball sessions for a run about and time with their friends.”

UNOs Tintin, Emma, Rianna and Hannah with two of their teams before their friendly matches against Bath Spa University.

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#wedNEWSday – Happy Birthday Trailblazers

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Trailblazers Walking Netball club in Weston Super Mare celebrated their 3rd Birthday on the 7th November! As part of the celebrations they had a special training session which was run by Gilly Salter. Angela who leads the sessions said ‘It was a great coaching session with Gilly, she always makes it fun and has so much experience.’

After the session, they presented the “Tina Webb Memorial Trophy” to the Club person of the year, voted for by the other ladies. This was given to Stella Hamilton. Tina Webb was a lovely lady who sadly passed away in May this year. She was a valued member of the club and the club want to keep her memory alive by presenting this trophy each year.  

They had a great session and even had a cake afterwards to celebrate with their mascot!

Happy Birthday Trailblazers and we can’t wait to see what more you do in the future!

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#wedNEWSday – Pudsey plays netball

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On Sunday 10th November, Bournemouth Netball club hosted a BBC Children in Need Pudsey Games Family Netball Tournament.

Mum’s, dads, Aunties, uncles and the U14 juniors made up the 10 teams that competed in the family tournament. Well done to the Winners – Club Tropicana and the Runners Up – Fur the Love of Netball!

Throughout the day a raffle took place which included a hand knitted Pudsey which was knitted by head coach Jacqui’s 94 year old and a shooting competition all while paying their respects to the fallen and observing a 2 minute silence for Remembrance Sunday.

Joan and knitted Pudsey

Hanna Butler from Bournemouth Netball Club said ‘It was so much fun and we are very proud to announce we raised over £480 for Children in Need! A huge thanks to BH Live Active, Sir David English for donating the use the courts so all the money we raised went to charity. Our shooting competition was a great success and big congratulations to Sascha who got a whopping 450 points!’

What a brilliant way to spend a Sunday morning and well done to all who took part.

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#wedNEWSday – Welcome Lucy

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We have new member of the South West Team, Lucy Higgins has come on board as the  Netball Development Officer for Cornwall, as maternity cover for Fern Noott. She will be working 2.5 days a week and focus on supporting the Cornwall Netball Management Board with increasing participation.

Lucy is born and raised in Cornwall and having played netball since primary school, she developed her passion for the sport when she moved to Australia. Lucy has continued to play right through to today, although currently recovering from an injury so her return to court is via Walking Netball. She plays for a local club, where she also helps to coach, umpire and do admin behind the scenes, and is very passionate about injury prevention and management in sport.

When Lucy isn’t playing, organising, watching or talking about netball (which isn’t very often), you can find her at the beach or in her other role as Deputy Editor at a wedding magazine!

Since starting her role, Lucy has said that she is ‘most looking forward to getting to talk, write and think about netball all day! I love the sport and am passionate about getting more people involved in it’

She thinks her biggest challenge will be ‘Learning to work in a new industry, having always worked in journalism until now. While I’m loving getting stuck in, I think there will forever be acronyms I don’t understand!’

This year Lucy’s favourite netball moment was a tough one to choose so she said ‘ -Starting up a Walking Netball session in Penzance, getting to know a great bunch of ladies, having a brilliant turn-out week after week, and winning our first ever Walking Netball festival! And Being at the Netball World Cup and watching Rachel Dunn take the court in the bronze medal match after lots of cheering and shouting from the crowd. Such a fab atmosphere, and I loved being in the presence of so many other netball nerds!’

Say Hi to Lucy if you get to see or speak to her and welcome to the team!

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