#wedNEWSday – University Netball is on the rise

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

The Arts University of Bournemouth Social Netball squad are enjoying a season of great Netball.

Everyone is welcome to join in the weekly sessions and have fun learning new skills and match play.

For those who also want some competition, the girls play in the HE/FE League held at Sir David English Sports Centre and have had some good wins.

Participation has increased this season and all are looking forward to continuing for the rest of the season.   Their coach, Linda Cutler, says “the girls are a pleasure to coach and they readily include players of all standards and demonstrate Netball can be fun as well as competitive”.

Well done everyone and we all wish Captain Katie a speedy recovery from a fractured ankle.

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 – Walking Netball Festival Success

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

179 Walking Netballers from all over the south-west (from Gloucestershire/Avon/Wales/Wilts/Somerset & Cornwall) celebrated the wonderful sport on Sunday January 26th, with festivals taking place in Cornwall and Avon.

Six teams from all over Cornwall, including two teams at their first festival, travelled down to Penzance and fully embraced the ethos of the Walking Netball festival. There were lots of friendships made, some very impressive play and one heck of a lot of wiggles and giggles!  Well done to Bodmin Wigglers for taking home the gold medals, and St Agnes who were runners-up. A big well done to Tregony for their ‘Spirit of the Festival’ award, and to ‘Players of the Day’ Dawn and Karen from Lanivet Strolling Pandas.

A big thank you to Penzance Walking Netball Group who hosted so well, making delicious homemade cakes for everyone to enjoy after the games, and to Penzance Leisure Centre for providing such a great space and being so welcoming, as well as all the volunteers who kept the day running smoothly. Thank you to Andy Lawrence for taking some fabulous pictures.

North of the Region, 15 teams entered the Tri-Counties Walking Netball Festival held at Clifton College in Bristol.  Ten teams entered the recreational pool and five in the competitive.  Games were six minutes each way with a quick one minute at half term for substitutions. 

Wyedean (from Gloucestershire) won the competitive pool, with Avon based SBL winning the recreational pool.  Throughout the day £222 was raised for our partner charity Cancer Research UK – well done ladies, a great day all round .

Thank you to all our volunteers, players, officials and members of staff who worked together to make these festivals a brilliant success!

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)